Stress can affect you both immediately (acute) and over time (chronic stress). Tension is often the first signal of acute stress. Tense muscles are tight and feel “hard” to the touch. A tense mind makes you fell jumpy, irritable, and unable to concentrate. This could be your signal to do something about stress, both for your immediate comfort and to prevent the long-term effects of stress.
Stress affects every system of your body. We hear a lot about the role of the adrenal glands in response to stress in our lives. They do not exist alone in the body but play a part in helping the body maintain homeostasis sometimes at the expense of other endocrine glands. The adrenals are responsible for secreting cortisol and DHEA as well as male and female hormones. When stressed, the adrenals secrete cortisol to help us with the so called “fight or flight“ syndrome. After a while if the demands outweigh the reserves of these precious hormones, we fall into a state of chronic stress that can lead to familiar disorders.
Chronic stress that can lead to familiar disorders like:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Chronic allergies
- Syndrome X or metabolic syndrome
- and many more.
So what can we do to prevent the sequel of stress? A lot! Through regular acupuncture, eating a better diet, exercising (aerobic, yoga, qi gong), meditation, enjoying quiet time either alone or with our loved ones- we can start to heal our bodies. This is not new information – the Chinese have known about this for centuries. So we start with small steps to bring us back into balance and live a healthier life. Dr. Belluccio can help guide you through this journey.