What does stress do to the body?

When you encounter a physical or even a perceived threat, like a work deadline, a portion of your brain (the hypothalamus) sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands to release a surge of hormones. This includes adrenaline and cortisol. 

Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies.

Cortisol, is main stress hormone. It increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, elevates your brain’s use of glucose and more.

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When the normal process goes wrong.

The human body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting. Once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. Other systems can resume their standard “house-keeping” activities.

However, when stressors are always present and you persistantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on.

Modern day stressors like work pressures, family difficulties or relationship problems are not a threat to our physical survival. However, our brain doesn’t know the difference and still goes into survival mode. Thus flooding our bodies with stress hormones.

The long-term stimulation of the stress-response system, creates an overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones. This can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. It can put you at increased risk of numerous health problems. Anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep problems, damage to immune response, and slower healing from disease and injury are some of the issues arising. That’s why it is so important to learn healthy ways to cope with the stressors and implement them in your life.

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How can I manage my stress?

Unless you are being chased by a bear on a daily basis, most of us experience stress of which the origin is an emotional or mentally perceived threat.

Stress is an example of how the emotions and mental state of an individual have a clear and immediate physical reaction.

So taking care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally is vital.

Top Tip

It is important to find something that you enjoy that helps you unwind. This is different for everyone. Exercise, eating healthily, spending time with those you love (that includes you!) and taking time to unwind each day are key ways to de-stress and keep your immune system healthy. 

With COVID19 impacting on our lives we have all had to adapt. During this period when we are all limited in movement I am gifting free online relaxation sessions which include some sound therapy with Himalayan Singing Bowls. I am offering them three times a week. Including this in your self-care practices may support your focus, clarity and calm.

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Hands-on therapy can help

Many people don’t realize that hands-on therapy can play a big part in reducing stress and returning the body to a more balanced state.

Often my clients report feeling calmer along with also addressing their issue with their unique plan of care. Removing physical tension in the body facilitates greater harmony throughout your body systems.

I have a whole health and body philosophy to my treatments. My plan of care generally includes tailored advice on stress management, nutrition, exercise, sleep and in-house gentle manual therapy.

Natural Back Health is a private professional service providing gentle, low force and safe therapy to bring about healing and relief. If you have any further questions regarding this topic please do not hesitate to contact the clinic. Call today to arrange your first visit!

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Hopefully you find the general information on this page informative and helpful, however it is not intended to replace medical advice and should not be used as such.

Appointment times are flexible with late evening availability at the Cork street clinic. The last consultation time for new clients is 19.30. The last regular care appointment is 20.00.

Our Commitment to You During COVID-19

Natural Back Health is currently closed to comply with the health and well-being of all members of the community in light of the COVID-19 outbreak in Ireland. As soon as it is possible we will return to normal opening hours.