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Stressed out?

April is #stressawareness month



😩With rising costs, worsening economy and returning to new normal post pandemic everybody is #stressed .


😩Stress affects our body in countless ways.


😣I wanted to highlight the effects of stress on our muscles , bones and joints in this blog post.


😯Unfortunately since 2017 there is no new research done to highlight the effects of stress specifically on musculoskeletal system


⛔️Stress is perceived as a danger , threat or challenge by our body.

⛔️Body produces hormones/chemicals called epinephrine , cortisol , norepinephrine (technical names) leading to a cascade of reactions.


⛔️This reaction causes a fight or flight response similar to being in a car accident ,producing natural pain killers ( Beta endorphins) or cortisol ( immune suppression)


‼️Body becomes more alert, senses are heightened in preparation to react


❓So what happens to our muscles, bones and joints?


💪🏼Muscles constantly contract for fight/flight response and tense up , if this continues, they overwork and fatigue 😩


😩Chronic stressors lead to


  • Pain- headaches, neck , shoulders, back etc

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle tightness

  • Muscle weakness

  • Headaches

  • Sleep issues

  • Mood changes

  • Dietary changes


💆‍♀️How to cope?



👉🏼Recognise the stress and stressors


👉🏼Plan your day and take ownership of your feelings and symptoms


👉🏼Healthy eating and exercise helps with mood, fatigue and pain


👉🏼Seek support either with family/friends or get professional help


👉🏼Treat yourself


❤️You are not alone, get HELP !!


📲Contact us for relaxing acupuncture sessions for stress




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