Pokemon Go isn't the problem, if it gets gamers in the fresh air..great! It's the way you hold the phone when you're playing! The pressure you exert on your nerves, discs, joint spaces and the little bones on the sides of your vertebrae when you look down towards your computer devices, iPads, book or newspaper is huge! This can lead to headaches, pins & needles, and tension in the neck & shoulders. So, head's up for heads up!
The following is an extract from my recent talk for Hove Stress Busters.
"The word 'stress' normally has negative connotations, however, Stress can be and is positive. We all need positive stress in our life's. It is one of our vital warning signs, within our bodies system producing the "fight or flight" response, in which chemicals kick in & send blood to the correct parts of the body, for survival, feeding our muscles in readiness to react, fight or run away from dangers present.
Positive stress also provides us with challenges to stimulate the brain & body.
It gives us the incentive to get out of bed each morning, give us purpose in our lives, and to achieve daily, however that may be. It is our motivation.
For example, an athlete who trains, needs positive stress to improve their performance. they need correct exercise & rest, to improve their physical abilities,and for they're muscles to develop & strengthen, as well as the positive stress of competition so they can achieve their goals.
So, not all stress is harmful, in that we require a certain level of stress to promote growth and evolution by the way of repeated positive adaptations. Lack of positive stress is a contributor towards a lack of fulfillment, which can lead into depression.
Stress, however, becomes bad for you when the amount of stress increases to a level that which you can no longer adapt to. At this point you have reached stress overload.
So what happens when you become overloaded with stress? Our bodies go into a 'fight or flight' response, hormones are triggered that raise our heart and breathing rates. Our muscles tense and oxygen is increased to the brain. This is natural, but if the stress continues your body keeps it's stress levels up far longer than is needed for survival and the tightened muscles do not then relax
When we have too much stress, beyond our ability to deal with it, this becomes stored into our bodies as lines of tension or body stress.
The stress then becomes locked into our muscles, which lay above the body's vital nerves. This disrupts the nervous system's communication with the brain, and prevents the body functioning at it's optimum level. We are all designed to be self healing. For example, if you cut your finger, after a period of time it will heal naturally. If the body's communication system is disrupted,the efficiency of your body's natural self-healing ability is impaired.
The most important area which can be affected by body stress is the spine and the nerves that radiate from it. If stress is stored in the muscles that sit over the neck area, this can lead to headaches/migraines, tense shoulders, stiff necks and pins & needles or numbness in the arms.
If the body stress is stored over the lower back or lumbar area, this can lead to back problems, sciatica, cramps in the legs, and numbness in the feet.
Sleeping position is really important, poor position can lead to jaw problems, headaches, as well as back & neck problems.
Be careful how you sleep!
Few people are aware that sleeping in the wrong position causes dental problems and health problems in general, rendering many treatments vain.
Those who sleep on their stomach or their side place a static load on the jaw, traumatizing the chewing apparatus continuously. Over time this situation will cause disturbances throughout the body because of the important role played in posture by the lower jaw.
By sleeping in the wrong position, part of the body's weight falls on the lower jaw, forcing it laterally and unbalancing it.
Usually this is not so serious, as the sleeper often changes position, so that the pressure inflicted on the jaw does not remain constant.
Far more serious is the combination of sleeping stomach down and suffering from a misaligned Atlas, since the block of the first vertebra and the related limitation in the rotation of the head makes it necessary to sleep with one's head turned to the same side, causing constant pressure on the mandible!
Exerting prolonged pressure on the chewing apparatus obstructs blood flow, traumatizes teeth, gums, jaw joints, nerves and chewing muscles.
Since this imbalance continues for many hours every night, over time permanent damage will be done to the chewing apparatus, the teeth will deteriorate and the jaw deviate (malocclusion), with negative effects on the rest of the body.
Sleeping on one's stomach however cannot modify the alignment of the Atlas.
The most common symptom of an incorrect sleeping position:
Initially, after years of incorrect sleeping position, it can be difficult to get used to sleeping in a new, unaccustomed position. Yet the results that can be achieved will surely repay the effort in terms of regained health as well as dental costs!
Learning to sleep in the correct position will lead to many disorders involving the masticatory system being resolved spontaneously.
In Body Stress Release, we talk about three types of stress, Mental or Emotional Stress, Physical Stress and Chemical Stress.
Firstly we have Emotional Stress.
We all suffer from emotional or mental stress at some point in our lives. It could caused by major events such as bereavement, moving house, losing your job, or minor daily hassles like being late and stuck in a traffic jam, or simply having too much to do and feeling like things are piling on top of you.
We all able to deal with different amounts of stress on an ongoing basis, however for most people carrying too much mental stress will begin to take it's toll physically and mentally.
Secondly there is Physical Stress.
This is the stress we all place on our bodies in our daily lives. Physical stress can be caused by a repetitive action. A classic example is Repetitive Strain Injury.
I often see clients who have pain in there hands caused by too much time spent working on a keyboard, and the stress placed on their joints has caused RSI to flare up. Physical stress can also be placed on the body by an accident. If I see a client who has come to me with back pain, it is often the case that they have had a bad fall,recently or even in childhood, which has locked stress into their body, which is now manifesting as back pain. Poor posture is also a physical stress being placed on the body.
The last category of stress is Chemical Stress.
This happens when a foreign substance comes into contact with the body which causes it to become stressed. It could be be something as simple as a cleaning fluid with which the body reacts, causing headaches or neck pain. I have had clients whose headaches were caused by the brand of moisturiser, whose problems cleared up after some BSR sessions combined with changing brands. Another good example is hayfever where the body reacts with a foreign agent, in this case pollen.
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BSR works by releasing tension or 'body stress' that becomes stored on the muscles. This stored tension, which may have built up over a life time, or is the result of an accident or stressful event, is contributes to the pain you experience on a daily basis. Our bodies are designed to deal with stress in a positive way, but to much stress on the muscles can lead to pain, stiffness, postural distortion, numbness and cramp, and times of emotional stress can trigger or make existing back pain worse.
People get used to living with pain, thinking there is nothing they can do about it - BSR does not force or crunch bones back into place, instead, by gently releasing stress from the muscles, we provide the stimulus for the body to begin the natural self healing process.
Body Stress Release has been extremely effective for back pain, sciatica, slipped disc, headaches & migraines, neck problems, whiplash, trapped nerves, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, bad posture, fibromyalgia, fatigue, and IBS.
BSR is a fantastic technique, which works – but it is your body, which is designed to heal itself, which does the hard work, BSR optimises your bodies ability to heal itself. It is important to book three initial appointments for you over a period of two weeks. It is important that you attend all three appointments as Body Stress Release works as a process and some clients can experience increased sensitivity, especially after the first release.
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If you haven’t experienced BSR yet, you’re probably wondering what happens in a typical consultation. Of course, there’s no such thing as ‘typical’, as stress affects us all differently.
During your first session, your practitioner takes a detailed case history, asking about any past accidents, illnesses or periods of stress. After the fact-finding, gentle tests are carried out on different parts of your body to identify which muscles and other structures are ‘stressed’.
By observing muscular responses, your practitioner locates stress sites in your body and begins to release the tension by hand using light but precise pressure.
Feedback and advice is always given, and clients are advised to return for two further appointments. If your stress has been stored for a long time, you may need more sessions. But you should certainly start to feel some positive changes after your first few sessions.
And finally, you’ll be pleased to know that you remain fully clothed throughout the session (which usually lasts around 45 minutes). The technique is non-invasive and is so gentle that you might even begin to find yourself drifting off. Not a bad way to spend a break from your usual routine!
Find out more at www.releasemystress.co.uk, if you're in Brighton & Hove, or find your nearest practitioner at www.bodystressrelease.org.uk
What is Body Stress?
Every day we are exposed to different types of stress: physical, emotional and even chemical (from food or air pollutants, for instance). Although a little stress can be ‘good’ for you, when your body is overloaded with stress it struggles to adapt and the tension can become stored in physical structures like muscle. This is called ‘body stress’.
Listen to your body
The obvious signs of body stress are pain, stiffness, numbness and postural distortion. Other clues are general fatigue and a lack of energy and zest for life. Over time these symptoms often worsen but, with nothing obvious to blame them on, we often tolerate our suffering in silence or begin to accept them as normal.
‘I’m getting older, what else should I expect?’
‘A decent sleep should sort me out.’
‘It’s not life-threatening.’
‘I don’t have time to worry about this.’
Your body is amazing!
Our bodies have a natural predisposition to exist without stress. A healthy body will do its best to eliminate the effects of stressors. But a build-up of stored tension can throw our natural defence mechanisms off kilter, and our built-in self-healing mechanisms don’t function as well as they could. And this is where Body Stress Release can help. Once your body is manually stimulated to encourage it to unravel or ‘release’ the stored tension, it is able to continue its clever self-maintenance.
If you are feeling below par and think your body could be storing too much stress, BSR may be just the thing for you. If you're interested, take a look at our web site http://www.releasemystress.co.uk, or if you have any questions, give us a call 01273 321431
Brighton & Hove Body Stress Release.
Repetitive Strain Injury, or RSI, can be a be a debilitating condition. I has been many causes, including repeated overuse of muscles, poor posture, or even fatigue. Whatever the cause, once physical stress is locked into the body, it can prove difficult to shift.
Body Stress Release (BSR)has proved to be very effective in helping recovery from RSI. By releasing stress stored on the muscles, BSR allows the body to use it's own natural healing abilities.
Julie, 42, had begun to experience problems with pain in her thumb..
"After having a steroidal injection in my painful, arthritic thumb I was pain free for the first time in ages. However, after a few months I was very disappointed when the pain returned. A further steroidal injection was not an option and I resigned myself to living with an aching, painful thumb. The pain wasn't awful and I learnt to adapt. For example, turning the key in my car ignition was painful so I would often use 2 hands to do this.
When I heard about Body Stress Release I felt very sceptical that it could work but thought that it was worth trying. I'm so pleased that I did! I have now had 5 treatments with Rob and although I get the occasional twinge in my thumb on the whole I am pain free. To me that is amazing!"
Body Stress Release Practitioner in Brighton & Hove.