Stress is anything that the brain/body has to adapt to. Stress can be physical, mental, emotional, structural, environmental, or chemical. When stress becomes chronic over a long period of time, it can result in many symptoms and health conditions.

Many researchers and doctors believe that as much as 80% of all illnesses are stress related.  Stress can come from any change that the body has to adjust to. The deleterious effects of stress on the body have been well documented.  When an individual is highly stressed for long periods of time, the neurochemistry is altered, affecting the brain and nervous system negatively.  This is not to say that all stress is bad for you. We need a certain amount of stress to grow. It is when we become overwhelmed and loose our resilience and coping that it becomes a problem. 

Evidence shows that chronic stress actually shrinks the brain and causes physical damage to the body. Long-term overproduction of stress related chemicals could lead to hardening of the arteries, digestive disturbances, osteoporosis, anxiety, migraines, pain syndromes and many other symptoms.  It is important to be aware of developing stress patterns.  

Stress is not always what we think. There are many stressors in life that may be affecting our condition. Many people do not realize that they are being affected by various stressors. 

Types of stress:

Mental stress - Irrational demands, overthinking, hyper focus, imbalanced perceptions

Emotional stress (conscious and unconscious) - relationship problems, losses, PTSD, self-esteem, fear, anger, guilt, shame.

Structural/mechanical Stress- posture, spinal alignment, myofascial restrictions, the craniosacral system

physiological stress - hypoglycemia, dehydration, skipping meals, blood sugar imbalances.

Purposelessness/spiritual stress - Your sense of purpose in life, connection to something greater

Energetic stress - electrosmog from electronics like cell phone towers, cell phones, computers, etc. geopathic stress.

Toxic stress - pesticides, Mold, perfume/cologne, herbicides, heavy metals, pollution, mold or fungal mycotoxins, solvents, food additives, preservatives and dyes.

It is important to note, that a certain amount of stress is good because it helps us grow and that stress is often perceptual. That being said, when you are struggling with a chronic condition, it is important to lighten the overall stress load. 

Bodywork such as craniosacral therapy and myofascial release can help release accumulated stress and tension in the body as help well as balance the nervous system for greater stress resilience. 

There are many things you can do on your own to decrease your total stress load including:

  • meditation/mindfulness
  • exercise/movement
  • EFT- Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • spending time in nature
  • connect to others
  • gratitude
  • diet
  • prayer
  • yoga
  • chi kung​/tai chi
  • breathwork
  • Self Acupressure

**When changing your diet or starting an exercise program it is always best to consult with a physician or health professional especially if you are struggling with an illness.

It is up to each individual to work toward a continual state of balance; Balancing the structural, chemical, emotional, spiritual and environmental factors into a life style which enhances health."
- Dr John Thie- Touch for Health

The information provided on this site is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment or prescription for any disease or illness. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Always consult with a licensed health care practitioner when dealing with a disease, illness, or health condition. 

Chronic Stress