- Research tells us that approximately 70-80%
of ALL medical conditions are stress-related.
- Every week millions of people take
prescription and over-the-counter medications for stress-related
- Stress affects the nervous system
and EVERY other bodily system.
- Research tells us that chronic
and long-term negative emotions
like anxiety, fear, grief, depression, doubt,
negativity and worry affect your nervous system and actually cause chemical changes in the body that are detrimental to your
- Deep negative emotions (conscious
or unconscious) and very high stress are often present in persons with cancer.
- Many studies show that chronic mental & emotional stress including
anxiety and depression result in a weaker immune system – more colds, and other
Stress is a major factor in high
blood pressure and heart disease.
- Stress causes
muscle tension which
reduces blood supply to the muscles.
- Reduced blood supply to the muscles can cause frequent and
painful muscle cramps, especially in the legs and feet.
- Tight and tense muscles can cause sciatica in the hips and
- Tight and tense muscles reduces flexibility, movement
and range of motion.
- Chronic muscle tension can cause or aggravate muscle cramps, PMS, tension headaches, neck and back
pain, and a wide variety of digestive problems, including indigestion, diarrhea, irritable bowel
syndrome, heartburn, constipation.
- Stress is also a major
factor in high blood pressure, sleep problems, headaches, muscle pain, abdominal pain,
diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, heartburn and other digestive
Want to Improve Your
Relaxation is So Important for Your Immune System
Managing stress in a positive way
is vital to the function of your immune system, staying well & feeling your
The Good News — Clinical
studies show that massage therapy and Reflexology are valuable therapies for
They not only help you relax, but
help decrease heart rate and blood pressure, and most importantly, increase the number of
white blood cells (the illness fighters) in your
Massage therapy and
Reflexology also releases endorphins – the ‘feel good’ hormones, which reduce anxiety, promote
relaxation & feelings of well being.
Reflexology, massage, Reiki, Tai Chi and other body
therapies are holistic ways to
promote wellness, relax, and de-stress. The benefits are only positive - no negative side
Deep relaxation benefits your immune system.
Take a stress management class at FRCC
taught by Mary Axelrod, NCMT, RMT,
"Managing Life's Stresses" is very popular and is offered each semester as a
5-week online class for college credit. The class is experiential where you learn about
stress and do various self-assessments to understand your own stressors and how to reduce them in
your own life. Throughout this class you will be creating a realistic stress management plan for
This class is open to anyone, no prerequisite, but you must enroll at FRCC to take the class.
(You must have a computer (or have regular access to a computer) that
meets the technical requirements for online classes.)
For more information about this class go to
is an integral part of maintenance for
good health and overall well being, helping the immune system as well as prevention of
problems in the muscles and joints.
Want a Quick and Easy Way to Relieve Stress?
and contributes to many conditions and illnesses, including:
- Chronic fatigue
- Carpal Tunnel
- Cold & Flu
- Frequent illness
- Immune System
- Irritable bowel (IBS)
- Muscle pain
- Neck tension
- Sinus pain
- Sinus congestion
- Sleep Disorders
- Panic attacks
From the News:
Mind-Body - How mental, physical pain are
by Dr. Charles Raison, associate professor of psychiatry and
behavioral sciences at Emory University. See his recent article about "...
understanding how the brain and the body work together to produce disease or well-being, resilience
or defeat. "
Chronic Stress: Feels Bad,
"Plenty of studies have
suggested that stress can make you sick. Now scientists may have identified one reason why:
interluken-6 (IL-6) a chemical associated with such illnesses as heart disease and some cancers.
Recently Ohio State University researchers compared 119 men and women caring for spouses with
dementia to others who weren't carrying the same burden. Over six years, levels of IL-6 increased
four times as much in caregivers as in the other participants. Chronic stress, the study authors
say, seems to age the immune system prematurely." "Health", October 2003, "The Power of
Living Well", p. 126.