Stress is defined as the body’s specific and non-specific response to any demand made upon it. Your body is made up of many systems that need balance or homeostasis, an environment conducive to proper function. Stress could be described as the effort your body makes as a whole and systematically to maintain this balance, i.e. when you are cold you shiver to produce heat, when you are hot you sweat to cool down. These are your body responses to the stress of overheating and being too cold. There are a multitude of cellular and systematic adaptations and changes made every second in your body to maintain a healthy nontoxic environment.
You were designed to live to be 144
The biggest misunderstanding about stress is not about how your body reacts to stressors but what your body’s natural state of operation is, your modus operandi. The physical and emotional state you are supposed to spend 98% of your life in, is not the lifestyle that is perpetuated in today’s modern society. If you can predict a mammal’s life expectancy by multiplying their sexual maturity by age 12, our bodies are designed to last 144 years with basic maintenance. This gives you some idea of how far removed from our natural state we are.
So what happens when you encounter a stressor or stress trigger? Well, first the stressor is recognized, this is the alarm stage, cortisol the body’s stress hormone is released, you get ready for fight or flight. This is an immediate reaction. The second stage is the adaptation stage, your body’s systems try to perform at a higher pace to give you a chance to get out of the stressful situation. You only have a limited amount of energy reserve for this adaptation stage and everyone’s amount is different. So your lifestyle of prolonged low, medium, and high stress cause your stress adaptation energy reserve to deplete. This energy reserve is essential for survival, so when it is depleted it draws energy from other systems, usually your immune or digestion. Eventually all of your circadian rhythms will be affected. It is this constant drawing of energy that eventually causes a breakdown in one of your systems, this is what the doctor is talking about when they say you have a stress related illness.
Stress is NOT a disease
So stress is not a disease rather it is a culmination of symptoms of stress, the constant drawing of energy from other systems that causes poor performance are described as ill health. This constant poor performance on low energy leads to disease. The physical and emotional effects of your body’s stress response are pervasive whenever pain, worry, prolonged discomfort and grief are present.
Would you like to know the cure for stress?
It’s not a magic pill or surgery, it’s relaxation! Relaxation is the only way your body can refill your stress adaptation energy reserve. The habit of relaxation is the only way we can avoid stress related issues in life.
Massage is the number one prescribed clinical treatment for stress and relaxation. Massage induces homeostasis and relaxation immediately, the habit of massage or a massage lifestyle is your number one combative and preventative medicine against stress related illness.
Have you recently been diagnosed with a stress related illness? We would love to hear about what your physician has prescribed to remedy the illness. We encourage you to leave a comment below or give us a call at 248-542-3073 to learn more about relaxation treatments.
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