The body's way to deal with stress is called "adaptation"or the shifting of stress from one system or part of the body to another. This is why symptoms seem to go away without any treatment and reappear later for no apparent reason. The more stress we put on the body, the more it has to shift to survive. Shifting stress spreads the stress out over a larger area so one area is not as badly affected. For example, if we are on thin ice, and we lie flat on the ice to distribute our weight over a greater area, we will be less likely to fall through. In this way, our system adapts, or shifts, stress to other areas to survive and function. If we injure a shoulder muscle and cannot contract it without pain, the muscles nearby will take up the slack as best they can. Since each muscle has its strongest contraction point at a certain angle, The "helping" muscle will have a different angle and therefore be less suited to the job. The muscle will eventually deteriorate from the increased workload. Constant adaptation and shifting of stress eventually weaken the system.
Three Kinds of Stress.The three basic kinds of stress that affect our lives on a daily basis are structural, chemical, and mental or emotional stress.
Structural stress is the musculo-skeletal adaptation of muscles and the skeletal system. This stress adaptation results in muscle spasms, trigger points, and spinal misalignment's that cause neck pain, back pain, headache, shoulder pain, leg pain, decreased mobility, decreased activity level, and the general inability to do what we could do before. An auto accident, a fall, sports injury, aging, or even mental/emotional or chemical stress can cause structural stress. Emotional stress can cause muscle spams, and chemical stress can lead to aches and pains. When our body adapts to these aches, pains, and spams, our structural system is weakened.
That means, almost any stress can become a physical problem. Ignoring the pain caused by structural stress or masking it with pain killers can lead to degeneration of bone, cartilage and muscle tissue.
Chemical Stress include food allergies, environmental allergies, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, and/or a general toxic condition of the body. These may cause fatigue, headache, stuffy nose, digestive complaints, aches and pain allover, and a host of other vague yet significant symptoms. Poor digestion and enzyme deficiency are the primary cause of chemical stress.
Chemical stress usually causes fatigue and many vague symptoms that do not seem to make much diagnostic sense.
Mental and Emotional stress may be our most significant road load to good . Relationship with family, friends and co-workers contribute to the quality of our emotional well-being. Co-dependency, dysfunctional family relationships, addictive behavior and other destructive tendencies create illness. Anger, fear, jealousy, sadness, grief, are emotions commonly experienced by all of us at some time. We feel an emotion in the body as pain or restriction, or general dysfunction. Anger can cause us to tense up, causing muscle spams and stress on the nervous system. Fear can cause gastrointestinal distress. Remember that everything has a cause.
When we are able to control our stress, the heavenly way to healthy life will open ahead.