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How Stress Affects Your Fascia And Creates CFS, IBS, Fibromyalgia And Many More Health Problems

Our emotions directly affect our physical state. How? 

Chronic stress is a major factor in diseases such as fibromyalgia, osteochondrosis, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome. Let’s breakdown why is that?

In modern psychology, there are many classifications of human emotions, such as: guilt, anger, interest, disgust, sadness, contempt, joy, embarrassment, fear, shame and surprise. They can be divided into positive, neutral and negative. Each emotion will be accompanied by our body’s reaction. For example, when we are afraid, cortisol is produced in order to “prepare” our body for the upcoming danger: the heartbeat becomes faster, the palms sweat, the pupils dilate, etc. When we feel joy, the brain produces dopamine, the action of which causes the following reactions: dopamine inhibits the peristalsis of the stomach and intestines, causes relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter and increases gastroesophageal and duodeno-gastric reflux, and this is only its effect on the gastrointestinal tract

 

Thus, it is clear that the emotions that we experience affect our body. Let’s look at what happens when we are exposed to long-term stress, tension and unresolved childhood traumas. Stress is the most important factor in poor quality of life .It start immediately, but gradually. If there is constant stress in our lives, in the form of unresolved issues, bad relationships with loved ones, problems at work, dissatisfaction with our lives, lack of money, payments on loans and mortgages, then our body will gradually begin to fail. Each time  we think about it, its gives our brain and body a reason to respond:

  1. Extra production of  hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, glucocorticoids, catecholamines, growth hormone and prolactin
  2. As a result increased: sugar levels, heart beat, muscle tightness, blood pressure

When it happens over and over again, then little by little your body will deteriorate, so if you have chronic stress it will take a tall on you, your body would have much more mileage and health problems then you should have.

Pain hurts, but stress kills

It all starts with the fascia

Fascia is the largest sensory organ in our body, containing more than 250 million nerve endings! This is a connective membrane that covers all the organs of our body, it is found under the skin, around muscles, organs, bones, and provides a lubricating layer around the lungs, heart, and around the digestive organs.

Fascia is called the endocrine organ of the whole body because it is responsible for the distribution of hormones throughout the body (adrenaline, estrogen, insulin, thyroid hormones, oxytocin) and neurotransmitters like GABA, serotonin, acetylcholine, dopamine, etc. throughout the body. Fascia is also deeply intertwined with the nervous system. This is why fascia plays the key role in the immune system.

Prolonged stress and anxiety causes our body to shrink as the sympathetic nervous system activates our body’s “fight” or “flight” response to an external stimulus. Because of negative emotions we naturally want to suppress our movement, take a defensive position to rest and recover our resources, but when it happens over and over again, it leads to sticking and hardening of the fascia. As a result all of  the functions of the entire body are disrupted and begin to manifest themselves in one form or another.

How Fascia problems manifest?

Typically it starts with syndromes that modern medicine has no explanation for, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, etc. So when you go to the doctor, they can’t tell you why it’s happening because those are the symptoms that most of the time don’t have an obvious reason behind it. It’s just a way of your body to tell you that something is starting to fail. And if you don’t take care of it, it enters an advanced phase in the form of disruption of the gastrointestinal tract, thyroid problems, colon polyps, skin disorder, frequent colds due to decreased immunity etc. Because of the prolonged fascia problems internal organs loose vitality.

What to do to prevent  fascia problems ?

  1. First, identify the problem. Find out the nature of your stress and actively begin working to eliminate it as quickly as possible. Conscious thinking will help you. We often do things on autopilot, especially when it comes to impulsive behavior. Start being aware of what you are doing and why. Start by analyzing your behavior in order to understand why some events make you emotional. Dig a little deeper, think of  your childhood. Most problems start there. For more information, read our blog category about childhood trauma, where we discuss the most common childhood trauma syndromes and how to cope with them.

  1. Start stretching. It is necessary to stretch and engage in physical activity. The more stress we experience, the harder and tighter our body becomes. Moreover, even if you go to the gym and do bodybuilding, chances are that you are making things worse by overloading your unprepared body. Weights that are too heavy can be detrimental to an already imbalanced body. Many people, when they start their exercise journey, do not understand that their body has been in hibernation for many years, and after watching some videos on YouTube, people immediately start doing complex exercises and usually end up injured. You must first get your body in order through simple exercises. Start with stretching, hanging on a horizontal bar, or yoga. After 3-4 months of continuous light exercise, you will feel that your body is returning to balance. This will not happen after a week of training or even after a month. You have nowhere to rush, you haven’t taken care of your body for years and it can’t restore itself in a couple of workouts. Show patience and discipline and then your body will thank you.

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