Saturday, January 29, 2011

Understanding the Stress Burden

Understanding the Stress Burden: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

I cannot overemphasize the importance of this well written article. I see so many patients in my practice suffering with pain and physical injuries with no apparent physical cause. They are so used to being under constant stress they don't even know what's normal anymore. This stress takes a physical toll on all body systems, but the cure is a physical one. Some relief may be gained from spinal manipulation, acupuncture, and supplementation, but the main cure must come from stress modification.

There are different ways to do this.

*Sleep 7 hours per night in a dark room
*Take a few moments to breathe deeply and practice relaxation
*Don't let your devices rule your life. You don't always need to answer the phone. Turn it off and let voice mail do it's job! You can call back when it's convenient for you.
*Biofeedback is very useful
*Drink water! 2-3 L per day
*Inhale Ethiopian Frankincense oil while contacting your forehead with one hand and your pain point with the other. You may need someone else to lend a hand while you do this. It activates anti-depression and anti-anxiety pathways in the brain.
*Go hiking...mountains, beaches, anywhere you enjoy and can disconnect a bit. Again, turn the cell phone OFF!
*Once you're feeling better and more energetic exercise is great at reducing stress. A combination of aerobic and anaerobic is best, e.g. jogging and weight lifting.

Any other useful ideas are welcome here.

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