We all live fast paced lives, and no matter how strong we think we are, the difficulties we consistently encounter can take their toll on both the mind and the body. In this blog, the team at IceFire Physiotherapy explore how stress affects the body, as well as some solutions on how to alleviate tension.
Common Causes of Stress
It is important to clarify the various forms of stress and how they affect our bodies.
Physical stress is that placed on the body by weight bearing activities, such as lifting gym weights or heavy objects. When done properly, this can promote strength building, but if you place more stress than you can handle on your body, as many people do in sporting activities, then we can strain or tear ligaments, which will take time to recover.
Emotional stress is similar. A busy schedule can be both satisfying if we are accomplishing goals and helping those around us, but it can also become extremely overwhelming if we consistently fail. This can be applied to our relationships and passion projects as well.
Regardless, as pressure builds, our bodies have to find a way to react.
Effect on the Body
Within our intestinal system (also known as our gut), our bodies hold a great deal of bacteria and other organisms, known as gut microbiota. When we encounter external stresses, such as sleep disturbance, psychological distress and physical activity, the composition of gut microbiota can be altered, affecting how we digest foods, produce vitamins, maintain our immune systems, and more.
Stressors can also bring immense discomfort to your muscles. Intensive bouts of exercise, for example, like that undertaken by athletes, can overwork the muscles used in their physical activity, creating tension and promoting inflammation. Headaches and pain in the neck, shoulders and trapezius muscles can also be experienced due to psychological stress. These muscles spread and connect right through the upper torso, across the shoulder blades, collar bones, our spine and the base of our skull. When we experience stress, we tend to tense and contract these muscles, and without the head moving from a consistent position, you can develop poor posture, trigger tension headaches, or knots within muscles that are working ‘too hard’.
Solutions with Physiotherapy
IceFire Physiotherapy are trained and have over 25 years’ experience in diagnosing and treating stress-related issues with our patients’ muscles, joints, and nerves. Utilising our understanding of exercise science, we can assist with relieving pain and tension, developing programs to work through injuries, and offer opportunities to discuss stressors. We believe this multi-pronged form of treatment offers our patients the best opportunity to work towards better management of stress-induced pain or injury.
For more information or to book an appointment, call us today on (07) 3205 7019, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave your details on our online enquiry form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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