Physical Stress Management

Stress comes in many forms; Divided into categories of Physical, Chemical and Emotional stressors one can see that stress manifests all around us, all the time.

Stress points known as trigger points begin to form over prolonged periods of stress. Most common areas are in the neck and shoulders. It begins with slight tightening in the carriage of the shoulders and a natural compensation is to adjust the traps and how high we carry our shoulders. Stress adds on and on, and eventually a spastic muscle cluster develops. The common termed “knot” in the shoulder. If nothing is done these spasmodic lumps become so tense that the body starts depositing cartilage into the highest stress areas and can become relatively debilitating. This in turn will start a cascade of aches and pains within the shoulder complex (ie. rotator cuff muscles) due to simple involuntary compensations. Another adding factor to pain and aches are the unrelenting hyper stimulation of the nerve fibers within the muscle, signaling pain. The human body shuts down these pain sensations with simple inhibition by releasing hormones to regulate the unease. The nerves however never get the release from hormones and over time the overstimulation causes chronic pain that almost indefinitely refers to another area in the body.

Treatment of muscle tension or spasmodic knots can be relatively simple if done early and thoroughly. Either sports massage or trigger point therapy would suffice and break down the areas of high tension and return to normal relaxed state. Therapy sessions length and repetition are all dependent on personal tolerance when it comes to deep tissue manipulation and/or the length stress enablers have affected the muscle spasmodically, will directly determine time needed for treatment.

Paul Bester, The Bester Life, pty

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