The Importance of Recovery Work
Stress triggers in the body and How to get relief
Since 1993 Stress Awareness Prevention Month focused our attention on how stressed we are. Spring is the perfect time to stop and assess the impact stress has on our physical, emotional, and mental health and what we can do about it. This year the topic of stress awareness is crucial. The Covid Pandemic created a dramatic rise in stress and stress-related mental and physical illnesses.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has declared the year 2020, A National Mental Health Crisis.
According to the APA,” We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on the lives of all Americans, and it will continue to do so. It has disrupted work, education, health care, the economy, and relationships."
It has caused. Nearly 8 in 10 adults (78%) say the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress in their life. And, 2 in 3 adults (67%) say they have experienced increased stress over the course of the pandemic.”
There are some real consequences because of increased stress. There has been a 51% rise in the suicide rate and a 47% increase in the opioid/heroin epidemic. Loneness and isolation have severely affected every group, from children and teens to the elderly.
Here are some of the signs to look for when assessing your level of stress.
How many of the following mental or emotional symptoms are you experiencing?
- Constant worrying
- Difficulty concentrating
- Anger or irritability
- Anxiety or Restlessness
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble making good decisions
According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can be the cause of physical symptoms such as:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Muscle pain
- Change in sex drive
- Stomach upset
These stress-induced physical symptoms can contribute to Heart Attacks, Strokes, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and Obesity. In addition to your health, stress may cause problems in your relationships, career, and your joy and satisfaction with life.
At Aim Sports Medicine, we see the effects of stress on our clients' bodies, and the problem only seems to be increasing. According to the APA, 21% of all adults report an increase in stress in their bodies this year. It is one of the top complaints.
It would seem that "relaxing" by watching TV or playing video games or shopping online would be an antidote to stress, but it seems to have the opposite effect. These activities create more stress over time.
The body requires an “active solution” to reduce stress. The top recommendation for reducing stress is getting some exercise. Stress lives in the physical, mental, and emotional body. Movement is a great way to release that stress from all three areas.
Here are few simple solutions to get you started on a stress-reduction plan. Try yoga, deep breathing, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Deep Tissue Massage.
Think about the most common places that you experience tension in your body.
Where are you feeling really tight?
- The lower back
- The shoulders
- The Neck
- The Jaw
- The skull
Continuous stress in these key areas can lead to injuries and limitations. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or only interested in taking your grandkids to the beach, we all have one thing in common; we want our bodies to work. That means having the strength and ability to perform at the level we aspire to and be pain-free.
Aim Sports Medicine has the perfect team to make that happen. As part of your “Spring Tune-Up," make it a priority to reduce your stress level. Feel better, sleep better, and perform at your best.
Aim Sports Medicine, the top sports medicine practice in the South Bay, includes specialists in Physical Therapy, Stretch Therapy, Soft Tissue Management, Deep Tissue Massage, Fascial Stretch Therapy, Acupuncture, Deep Tissue Laser Therapy, and a proprietary Exoarmer Manual Therapy.
If you are looking for relief from a recent or chronic injury or a way to de-stress by upping your fitness plan, reach out to the top sports medicine group in the South Bay. The team at Aim Sports Medicine will create a customized treatment plan designed to support your goals. Our patients are consistently surprised by the relief and results they achieve working with our team of caring specialists and experts.
Schedule a deep tissue massage to relieve the pain and tightness in the critical stress areas. Work with our Physical therapists to heal the pain and limitations caused by chronic stress. You will have access to our entire team of specialized therapists, trainers, and practitioners. We offer a holistic approach to wellness, delivering optimum results.
If you are looking to work with the top Sports Medicine Team in the South Bay, then reach out to Aims Sports Medicine today for a consultation.
Call today to start your better life and best performance. Set your goals and Aim High!Aim Sports Medicine (310) 9372323