Sunday, August 28, 2011

Your Nervous System On Overload


It begins in your BRAIN.  Your natural "startle response" occurs when special parts of your brain called the "amygdala" and "brainstem" sense sudden or sustained stimuli,  threat,  danger,  trauma,  anxiety,  sustained stress,  prolonged pain,  or injury.  Your brain instructs your body's systems to prepare and maintain a "Startle Response" or "Fight,  Flight or Freeze Response".  
This is your most primal survival instinct and once out of danger your body's systems should return to normal.  However, your brain may get so overstimulated your body may become physically "stuck" in this heightened state.  Imagine your car, with the engine running, it would be like having one foot pressing on the gas pedal while the other foot is on the brakes!  If your body continues functioning in this way for a long time it may negatively impact your health.
LONG TERM Effects of "Startle Response"
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Suppressed Immune Function
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Chronic Pain
  • Poor Digestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Bowel/Bladder Dysfunction
Immediate Effects of "Startle Response"
  • Arms and Hands Clench
  • Blinking
  • Jaw Tightens
  • Shoulders Tighten
  • Legs and Feet Prepare to Run

Manual Therapy supports the integration of all of your body's systems, especially the Autonomic Nervous System.  Re-establishing your ability to maintain resilience and vitality in your tissues and nervous system is the goal of Manual Therapy.