Heart palpitations. Stomach sinks. Palms get sweaty and cold. Thoughts become erratic, racing and filled with doom. Anxiety is an extremely common condition affecting more than 3 million new people each year. While the most common treatments involve medication (chemical) and/or counseling (mental/social), these methods can’t address the physical aspects of this condition. Clients that… Continue reading Anxiety – Body, Mind – or BOTH?
Now that I have talked about effects on all the other systems of the body, I will focus on how stress affects the muscles. The initial response to flight or fight mode is all the larger muscles in the legs like hamstrings, quads prepare you to run away. The upper body muscles like biceps, triceps… Continue reading Impacts of COVID related stress on the muscle system
There exists a lack of association between findings on MRIs and pain. In other words, what is seen and reported from an MRI may have all or nothing to do with the pain you are experiencing. There is plenty of evidence that people who have no pain will have positive findings on an MRI. Much… Continue reading Shoulder Pain: “Why does it hurt so much?”
We are going through an unprecedented time and in addition to so many other adverse effects, COVID is causing sleepless nights. The effects of stress on mental and physical health are getting worse. The acute phase of stress leads to a reduction in sleep, vigilance and an adrenaline rush in the system to prepare you… Continue reading Sleeplessness from quarantine??? Here is why!
People with underlying conditions or immune compromised patients are severely affected by COVID. Can fear of getting COVID suppress your immune system making you prone to illness? Initial phases of stress begins to slow the immune system. As the stress continues immune deficiency sets in, which makes you more prone to infection – like sore… Continue reading Is it COVID or fear of COVID challenging the immune system?
Have you ever felt like you are unable to take a deep breath when you are anxious, frightened or angry? With heightened stress, the diaphragm shuts down and you start using all the accessory muscles in your chest and neck… and the breathing becomes fast and very shallow. When the stress continues longer, it creates… Continue reading Does stress affect your breathing???
The Endocrine system causes changes at the tissue level as well as changes in the brain due to the fight or flight mode initiated by stress. The changes at the tissue level include fatigue, sensitivity, soreness, tiredness and sluggishness – which leads to deconditioning. Changes at the brain level can be serious, like short term… Continue reading Endocrine Response to Stress
Stress (fear, panic, anxiety) leads to activating the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight). When you are in that mode the brain secretes hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) to keep you wide awake – your pupils dilate, heart rate increases, blood is diverted to areas in need of extra blood and oxygen and you become hyper… Continue reading Sympathetic response to stress
Do you wish you could squat like that? Proper ankle mobility is important for most of our functional and higher level movements. Specifically, decreased dorsiflexion, or bending of the ankle (the foot getting closer to your shin), will likely add undue stress on joints up the chain including knees, hips, and the spine. If you… Continue reading Access Your Ankles – Reduce Pain and Enhance Performance
Emotional response (fear, anxiety, grief, frustration) to COVID 19 can lead to adverse effects on physical health. Wondering how? Stress releases chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol which leads to increased heart rate, tightening muscles in the body, eventually leading to musculoskeletal limitations causing physical pain such as low back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee pain, etc..… Continue reading COVID stress cycle…The real culprit of physical pain?