Stress and Pain

Our physical reactions to stress reflect how we evolved in prehistoric times. Muscles tense for action and circulation decreases to areas not needed to fight or run. This helped cavemen survive the saber-toothed tiger,- but unfortunately does not help with modern stresses such as family conflicts, work deadlines, or money worries. When stress is unrelieved, our bodies tense further into an anxious, irritable^ posture. Stress induced muscle tension and impaired circulation can and do contribute directly to the pain cycle. It drains you emotionally, robbing you of the patience and stamina you need just to get through a day. It interrupts your sleep, leaving you tired and irritable. You worry about its cause and if you will ever get better. As pain makes normal activity difficult, your anxiety increases. Will you be able to keep working?

Massage and stress

Therapeutic massage can result in a deep sense of relaxation, which for many people is reason enough to have one. Massage elicits the body's "relaxation response", a natural function of -the nervous system that reverses the effects of unwanted stress on the body. Muscles that have been tensed for action relax, breathing slows and deepens, a racing heart and high blood pressure return toward normal. With regular massage therapy you can even improve your ability to relax on your own. This happens as the feeling of relaxation becomes familiar, helping you to recognize tension as it occurs and take measures to release it before it becomes a problem. - As massage decreases your general level of tension, you may find yourself feeling pleasantly relaxed and rejuvenated. This can translate into increased energy for daily activities, more patience with life's minor irritations, and a renewed enthusiasm for daily living.

Restricted movement

Does pain or restricted movement keep you from living the life you want? Sports injuries, household accidents, repetitive actions on the job, and tension from everyday stresses can cause problems that, too often, take up permanent residence in our bodies. can Treasured Hands Massage Therapy help. Massage is a gentle therapy that can relieve pain and, in combination with medical attention, help heal certain conditions and help prevent their return. In some cases massage can reduce or even eliminate the need for medication or surgery.