What is “Body Stress”?

Stress and stress overload

To many people the word stress conjures up thoughts of something unpleasant, often related to emotional situations. From a BSR point of view, a stressor can be mechanical, mental/emotional or chemical. We are all subjected to various kinds of stress in our daily life. However, we need a certain amount of mental/emotional stress as it provides us with challenges that stimulate us to strive for survival and progress. In the same way that our bodies require some mechanical stress to maintain muscle tone and strength.

Stress of the body can occur in numerous ways, including:

  • Mental/emotional Stress – may occur as a result of sudden shock or trauma. It may also occur due to periods of long-term anxiety oe fear.
  • Mechanical Stress – may occur as a result of lifting heavy objects incorrectly, falls, accidents, exercising incorrectly or long-term poor posture.
  • Chemical Stress – may occur as a result of exposure to products through skin contact, inhalation or ingestion, which irritates the nervous system.

Stress overload may be defined as the overriding of the body’s inner resistive powers by an outer, invasive force.

Stress overload occurs when the stresses experienced by an individual goes beyond the limits of their adaptability. For example, an overload of stress to a bone will break it and the body will need outside help in setting the bone with a cast or pins, in order for healing to take place.

A less extreme example of stress overload is if the body is subjected to a lighter force, such as a fall, which goes beyond the body’s ability to deal with it. If the body is unable to release it, the tension becomes “locked” into the physical structures – the muscles, tendons, ligaments or other tissues remain tight and constricted. We call this “body stress”.

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