Stress Buster doctor in Lakewood / Denver, CO
Life happens, and boy oh boy it can happen. We experience the death of a loved one, the sudden ending of a relationship, taking a header off of a mountain bike, an argument with a co-worker, a poor performance on the playing field, being made fun of at school . . . these experiences can store on our bodies. Our nervous system adapts to the stress, tension, and energy created from the experience to the best of its ability. If the stress or trauma is too overwhelming to process, some of it stays stored in your system as tension or tight muscles.
Stress Overload, Pain, and Hidden Symptoms. What are the Effects?
A Psychology Today article discusses the areas in your body that are most likely to store tension from stress and overload. There are countless causes and triggers that Over your lifetime, how many times have you felt overloaded or that too much was happening? Often we move on to the best of our abilities. What happens to the stress and tension you can’t deal with? Does it just go away? No, unfortunately not. It’s packed on top of the already stored tension. As a protective mechanism, the brain disconnects from that area, We can numb out, not feel that area, and think we’re better because we don’t feel the pain or tension anymore. Unfortunately, that is far from true. The brain, as an adaptation to the current environment overload, disconnects from an area of massive pressure. In the short term, this adaptation is protective. With time this tension becomes destructive and diminishes the connection and communication between your brain and your body. It can have major effects on your emotional state. For more information on the effects of stress on the body, click here:
Symptoms of Stress Overload
Stress overload can interfere with your ability to properly digest your meal, slows down elimination, to be joyful, to fight off infections, and to have a normal menstrual cycle. It creates neck and back pain, causes brain fog and fatigue, slows healing, creates a scattered, restless mind, and a myriad of other symptoms.
This stored unresolved stress and tension also interferes subtly or greatly, with the way you see and respond to stress. We can overreact or underreact to challenging life events. For instance, recovering from physical trauma like an auto accident, a fall while hiking, emotional stress like fighting with your partner or children, miscommunications with co-workers, loss of a loved one, job changes or increase in work responsibility are just a few examples of the many and varied ways that we experience challenges in our day to day lives. Our physical bodies and nervous systems are bombarded with input every day. There are even chemical stressors like air pollution, toxic fumes, pollens, molds, processed foods and drinks, smoke, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, exhaust, drugs, perfumes, and textiles that we encounter daily and have profound effects. The cumulative result can be a chronic overload.
Why we don’t heal
We are not taught to check in with ourselves to see how we are doing or what we need. Am I thirsty, hungry, upset, sad, happy, tired, or bored? Our culture does not teach us to be inner guided or self-aware, but rather to pay most of our attention to external factors: our jobs, errands, relationships with others, goals, purchases, finances, and appearances. These distract us from ourselves and what needs to be done for the betterment of our lives. The natural mechanism to observe or listen to the signals of our mind/body become inhibited or blocked. We base our decisions on our culture and/or intellect rather than our innate, internal guidance. Outside-in is how we have learned to live.
As the blockages and interference in our body are removed, we get more connected to ourselves and become more self-aware. The bottom line is, the more self-aware one becomes, the greater life can be. We become aware of, “what is right for me, how do I want to do this?” Rather than how your parents, school, or society has taught you. We have our own way of doing things and healing and increased self-awareness allow us to find our way.
What can I expect with Gentle Chiropractic/Network Spinal Analysis?
One of the purposes of Network Care is to assist and refocus your attention back to yourself, to better understand the mental, emotional and physical parts of you, and to reconnect and restore nervous system integrity. This will help you to better adapt to all that is experienced within and outside of you. Listen and use the past stored, stuck traumas, insults, and injuries as fuel to transform your life and to give a greater expression of your own ability.