Body Stress

Many of us live with mysterious conditions, unexplained aches and pains, and low-level irritations that we continue to put up with until we simply accept them as normal, possibly believing them to be the expected consequences of ageing.

Do you fit into any of these categories?

1. You have unexplained aches, pains or irritations which you have come to regard as normal or inevitable due to age or circumstances. Examples might be regularly waking up with a headache, accepting life with stiff knees because you’re getting older, or assuming that your shoulders are bound to ache because you feel anxious.

2. Medical investigations have revealed no explanation (perhaps fibromyalgia, sacroilitis or Meniere’s disease) for your discomfort so any treatment, such as anti-inflammatory medication, is simply dealing with the pain and not addressing its cause.

3. The treatment you are receiving for a particular condition is providing little or no improvement.

In each of these situations, it may be that the efficiency of your nervous system is being undermined.

Your body depends on communication between the brain and the rest of the body in order to perform its natural process of self-repair.

Excessive Tension on your Tissues

BODY STRESS refers to excessive tension stored in different tissues such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. When tissues are compressed, the nerves in those areas become irritated. This can have a negative impact on both the sending and receiving of nerve impulses which can affect the body’s internal communication system.

Stress is something we all encounter daily. Good stress helps keep us active, alert and aware – our pulse quickens and we feel excitement without a sense of threat or fear. Stress is a positive thing when it helps us to move forward and feel alive. However, when acute or chronic stress begins to work against us it becomes negative.


Severe headaches that appear suddenly with no obvious trigger.

Chest Pain

Medical tests and investigations cannot explain your chest pain.

Stiff Lower Back

Suffering from spasms or a stiff lower back or when you get up in the morning.

Night Cramps

Wakeful nights due to calf or foot cramps.

Growing Pains

‘Growing pains’ that children often suffer in the legs.

Difficulty Breathing

No asthma and yet you find that you have difficulty breathing.

Unexplained Crying

Despite trying everything you can think of, your baby constantly cries.

Digestive or Posture Problems

Deeply uncomfortable heartburn or indigestion, or even poor posture.

Bladder Infections

Frequent urination or recurrent UTI or bladder infections.

Tingling or Weakness on hands or legs

Unexplained tingling or weakness of the hands when you wake up, or lack of sleep due to ‘restless leg syndrome’.

Causes of Body Stress

Many people are often unaware of these three facts about stress:

Stress is not only a mental or emotional force

It may also occur as a result of chemical or mechanical causes.

Trapped tension which has not been released

We call this BODY STRESS. Responsible for maintaining various body structures in a protective state, over time stored BODY STRESS causes ongoing pressure on nerves which undermines the body’s communication system. This can lead to much discomfort in the body (see above).

Levels of stress beyond our ability to manage may become stored in physical structures of the body

Stress, whether emotional, mental, chemical or physical, is a normal protective feature of the body.

Physical Stress

Poor habits and lifestyle choices can cause low impact physical stress whereas sudden or unexpected events can cause high impact stress.

Typical Examples

Low impact caused by poor habits or lifestyle choices

  • Poor posture
  • Excess weight
  • Inadequate amounts of exercise
  • Incorrect lifting technique
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Bent neck through prolonged reading  or working

High impact caused by more sudden events

  • Whiplash from car accidents
  • Impacts and strains from jerks or falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Mother’s or baby’s birth trauma

Emotional Stress

Feelings of loss, financial worries, health concerns or even boredom can cause anxiety, depression and other forms of emotional stress.

Typical Examples
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Family breakdowns
  • Family responsibilities
  • Financial worries
  • Stress at work
  • Health concerns
  • Exam worry
  • Boredom
  • Loss
  • Resentment
  • Shock
  • Anger

Chemical Stress

External factors such as pollution, insecticides, pesticides, other chemical agents and general lack of air quality can cause chemical stress.

Typical Examples
  • Pollution
  • Insecticides
  • Pesticides
  • Exposure to cleaning chemicals
  • Endocrine disruptors from (BPA) to phthalates present in some plastics
  • Cosmetics and perfumes
  • Food additives and colours
  • Excessive consumption of coffee, sugar or gluten
  • A diet deficient in the vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients necessary for the body’s self-repair
  • Dehydration
  • Tobacco, alcohol, drugs

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