When stress in our system goes on unchecked for long periods of time, it can negatively affect much of our health. There are a few stress management strategies that we can adopt in order to maintain good health.
First of all, it is never healthy to bottle up all your feelings and emotions that goes through your body. We want to find ways to let our feelings out, such that you know what causes your stress. Methods may include talking to family or friends, writing a log of emotions that goes through you mind from day to day. These methods can help you identify what is causing stress and to help you see the big picture.
Meditation is another method of managing stress in your body. Meditation helps you to refocus your mind on the present state, and it can be used in conjunction with breathing techniques to further reduce stress. With frequent meditations, we can clear our minds from the daily clutter that builds up. Build up of different negative ideas and feelings can clog up our thinking, which leads to more stress and anxiety.
Finally, active exercise is proven to help with reduction of stress through the natural release of endorphins into our body system. Endorphins are hormones in our body that helps with pain relieve and triggers a feeling of euphoria. Aside from cardio exercises, stretching exercises reduces muscle tension in our body, which helps to avoid any repetitive injuries or strains in our neck and back from poor posture. It is best to consult a physiotherapist to guide you through specific exercise or active therapy that can help protect your muscle and joints and reaps the benefit of healthy exercises. As well, this can also be combine with attending routine massage therapy sessions to alleviate any tension in our muscles and joint as well.
Keep your stress under control with different management strategies, and your mind and body will go a long way!
For all your rehab needs, come visit us in Pickering for our professional physiotherapists, massage therapists to help combat any unwanted side effects to stress.
With different type of stress that we experience day to day, dealing with stress results in various negative effects on our body. When we experience stress, our body automatically triggers the sympathetic system which puts us into the “fight or flight” response. In simple terms, we prepare our body to be in a constant state of guardedness and alertness to deal with anything that comes our way. We would naturally tense up our muscles, take quicker breaths and get our heart pumping faster. This method of dealing with stress is quite appropriate during the hunter and gatherer society, where stress is conceived to be a potential physical attack to our body. We would then be potentially involved in rigorous physical activities to defend ourselves.
However in our current society, stress can originate from a mental source rather than a physical source. As well, these types of stress can linger for much longer which puts us in a chronic stress situation. Ongoing tight muscle creates tension headaches and migraines, as well as neck and shoulder pain. We also start to adopt poor posture as a result of increase tension, which would lead to various over used muscles and tendons plus stiff joints.
With that said, it is very important we pay attention to the signals in our body. Our thoughts, feelings and our attitudes towards day to day activities affect much of the outcome. As well there are many different ways to overcome stress and don’t forget to check out part 2 of this blog for stress management strategies.
The use of cupping as a modality to treatment has been around for centuries, and recently there has been an increased popularity for this. From celebrities to top end athletes competing in the Olympic Games. We can see some of these circular marks on the skin of people’s backs, necks and shoulders.
To understand the benefits of cupping you have to grasp an understanding of what it is. Cupping is the use of placing an inverted plastic/bamboo/glass jar onto the surface of the skin, meanwhile creating a vacuum inside the jar to raise or suck up underlying tissue into the cup. With new tools developed for cupping, cupping can now be done safely without the use of small flames to create the necessary suction. The purpose of cupping is to improve circulation, remove harmful toxins in our body and pain relieve. You can think of cupping as an inverted form of massage where muscles are pull away from the body versus application of pressure on the skin. Cupping can be combined with various forms of treatment such as acupuncture in order to further improve various pain conditions and muscle tension.
Having mentioned the benefits, it is best to consult with a licensed medical practitioner in order to determine whether or not cupping is the right treatment for you and your condition. A throughout assessment and understanding of your current condition will allow our team of rehab professionals such as physiotherapist, massage therapist and acupuncturist to find the best course of action for you.
From our team at Amberlea Physiotherapy and Rehab Clinic, we want to wish everyone a very happy holidays!
A minor tip from us, be safe out there over the holidays with the weather, and try to enjoy a stress free holiday. Don’t let those unintentional stress build up during your holiday, we all have parties to prepare for and last minute shopping to do. Plan ahead of time to for all your task, and tackle them one by one. Rushing through things causes unwanted stress and potential accidents. But if you are caught up with loads of stress, consider using several relaxation techniques. For example mediation or massage therapy are shown to help with reducing stress and anxiety. Make sure you take good care of your physical body and off to a fresh new start next year!