Stress comes in many forms, expressions and intensity. Learn more about the various shapes and sizes and how to minimize their effects.. Psychological stress is created once the body feels threatened in any type of way and sends most of the energy to systems that would help the person live. It becomes an illness when the body spent too much time in this “flight or fight” reaction. The secret to managing this type of stress is to cut down on the sources of it and relax for a while.
Physical stress is literal stress on the body that occurs with movement. Improper movement of the body can cause damage and pain. Pain can cause the mind to think less clearly and even contribute to psychological stress. Even a sore back or stiff limb can lead to stress on the central nervous system. Having good muscle balance, alignment and posture as well as avoiding dangerous activities can significantly lower physical stress.
Nutritional stress occurs when one’s diet is causing spikes in hormones and blood sugar. Sugar, for instance, can spike your blood sugar and when it falls shortly thereafter, the adrenal gland spikes to release cortisol to raise sugar levels again.
Have you ever eaten something sugary before bed and woken up wide awake in the wee hours of the morning? That’s your adrenal gland trying to normalize your blood sugar. Another source of nutritional stress is an abundance of omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids often come from grain and are turned into arachidonic acid. Too much arachidonic acid again stimulates your adrenal gland to release more cortisol.
Stress Affects Posture
Any of these three stresses can have a significant effect on muscles. These effects can cause “Crossed Posture Syndrome.” CPS, for short, occurs in two forms, upper cross syndrome and lower crossed syndrome.
In upper cross syndrome, short muscles are tightened at the base of the skull and in the chest muscles. This tightening causes other nearby muscles to weaken. The end result is a slouching, head protruding posture that has been associated with neck and back pain, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Lower cross syndrome causes the pelvis to tilt forward and constricts the low back joints, simultaneously weakening the abdominal and gluteal muscles. Lower crossed syndrome is associated with back, knee and hip pain.
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