What is "Body Stress"?

 Stress and stress overload:

To many people the word stress conjures up thoughts of something unpleasant, often related to emotional situations. From a BSR point of view, a stressor can be:

  • mechanical
  • mental/emotional
  • chemical.

We are all subjected to various kinds of stress in our daily life. However, we need a certain amount of mental/emotional stress as it provides us with challenges that stimulate us to strive for survival and progress. In the same way that our bodies require some mechanical stress to maintain muscle tone and strength.

Stress overload may be defined as the overriding of the body’s inner resistive powers by an invasive force.

Stress overload occurs when the stresses experienced by an individual goes beyond the limits of their adaptability. For example, an overload of stress to a bone will break it and the body will need outside help in setting the bone with a cast or pins, in order for healing to take place.

A less extreme example of stress overload is if the body is subjected to a lighter force, such as a fall, which causes the body to tighten up in and if the body is unable to release this tension, the tension becomes “locked” into the physical structures – the muscles, tendons, ligaments or other tissues remain tight and constricted. We call this “body stress”.

Stress overload or “Body Stress” can have a negative impact on the body and can occur in numerous ways, including:

Mechanical Stress
May occur as a result of lifting heavy objects incorrectly, falls, accidents, exercising incorrectly or long-term poor posture.

Emotional Stress
May occur as a result of sudden shock or trauma. It may also occur due to periods of long-term anxiety or fear.

Chemical Stress
May occur as a result of exposure to products through skin contact, inhalation or ingestion, which irritates the nervous system.

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