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  • Nikki Robinson 9:10 pm on April 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: emotions, fight or flight, , how to relax, , overwhelm, , psoas, relaxation, stress   

    Calm in the chaos 

    Stress has always been a part of human existence and modern life is no different. The causes of stress and how we manage it are, however, distinctly contrasting. We can face stressful events at work, for example work overload, redundancy and retirement. Family life throws more stress at us, such as being a carer, having a baby, moving house, becoming ill, getting divorced, losing someone we love and having financial issues. While we can’t change what is causing you stress we, at Holisticare, can help your body manage the effects better.

    How our symptoms of stress manifest themselves is unique to every individual but commonly there is a combination of emotional, mental and physical symptoms. Emotionally you may feel agitated, moody, overwhelmed or out of control. You may find relaxing difficult or feel bad about yourself and rely more on negative habits such as drinking too much or using drugs or cigarettes. Mentally it might be harder for you to make decisions, you worry constantly with your thoughts racing and you may slip into depression and anxiety. Physically your body will be shouting at you to take notice with headaches, low energy, aches, pains and tense muscles, possibly with diarrhoea, constipation or nausea, excess sweating, clenching jaw and grinding teeth and the frightening chest pain and rapid heartbeat of a panic attack.

    There is something which can help though. Myofascial Release treatment can help alleviate all these symptoms by gently loosening up the tension. The psoas is an extremely important muscle in the body. It is the only muscle which connects the top half of your body to the bottom – the spine to the legs. It’s important for posture and movement and is known as the “fight or flight muscle” sunsetbecause when you are under stress it contracts and tightens setting your body ready to tackle the perceived threat.

    While some stress can be positive and helps to keep you alert and ready to avoid danger it becomes negative when you face continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between the challenges. The psoas, and other parts of your body, store up this tension and you get the symptoms listed above.

    Our therapists can gently work through the layers and layers of fascial restriction created by constant stress, allowing your body to release and relax, to loosen and feel lighter in a warm, safe and comfortable environment.

    Let Holisticare be your oasis of calm in the chaos of daily life. Book an appointment and allow us to help you soften and unwind, reducing the effects of stress and letting your body know you’re listening.

    Call 01279 718331 and visit our website http://www.holisticare.co.uk

  • Nikki Robinson 10:02 pm on April 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , psoas,   

    Your quick guide to pain free gardening 

    This is the time of the year when people want to sort out their gardens, and it normally coincides with an increase in patients with low back pain and stiffness in our Treatment Centre.

    The main problem usually comes from a muscle called psoas.

    psoasThis runs from the front of your hips, through your pelvis and attaches to the front of your spine on each side. When you spend too much time working in a bent over position, these muscles tighten up and sometimes go into spasm.

    When you stand up after being bent over or sitting for a while, do you ever feel that you can’t straighten up? This is a warning sign that psoas is tight, and you should listen to your body before it goes into spasm.

    So here are a few tips that you can follow next time you are working in your garden:

    1. Get the right tools for the job – consider:

    • Are the handles the right length for you?
    • Are you able to use the tools in the correct way?
    • Do you need any adaptations?

    2. Ask for help:

    • Attempting to lift or move things that are too heavy leads to a lot of back injuries
    • Plan your job so you can get extra help for the heavy tasks
    • If you can’t easily reach where you need to, use a ladder with a friend to hold it

    3. Vary your jobs:

    • Change the height at which you are working
    • Use different tools so your hands aren’t repeating the same movements too many times
    • Never bend and twist – this puts a considerable amount of strain on your back. Instead, step round to change direction, especially if you are carrying anything.

    4. Most importantly, stop when your body has had enough. Feeling your muscles tighten up is normally a sign that you should stop. If you continue till you are in pain, you have already overdone it and may have caused damage.

    For more information on how Myofascial Release can help you to listen to your body, visit our website or call us on 01279 718331.

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