A recent research study found over 75% of people experience at least a moderate amount of stress every day!
Chronic stress is not fun to deal with, but did you know it can also affect your weight?
When you are stressed your body goes into survival (or “fight or flight”) mode which changes your hormonal balance. You don’t need to be running from a saber tooth tiger to enter fight or flight mode. Even everyday events like traffic and stress at work can cause you to have that physiological response.
Why it Matters:
Recent research suggests that chronic stress can result in:
high blood pressure,
changes in your brain,
and weight gain.
When you are stressed out, it is more likely that you will over-eat and less likely that you will get enough sleep and exercise. Stress causes your body to release cortisol, a hormone that can produce a build-up of fatty tissue and cause weight gain. Cortisol increases both your appetite and the amount of fat the body stores. By recognizing your stressors, and engaging in a few simple relaxation techniques, you can learn to reduce your body’s natural stress response.
The hormone Cortisol is released in response to stress and increases your blood sugar.
Chronic stress can lead to elevated cortisol levels.
An association has been found between increased cortisol levels and obesity.
Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or even simple breathing exercises can help your body counter the stress response. Also, exercise has been shown to decrease stress levels substantially.
The next time you are feeling stressed out, take a moment to breathe a few deep breaths and try to get some exercise into your schedule that day. Not only will you feel better mentally, but your body will be able to reduce the amount of Cortisol produced which will limit your body’s fat storage and help curb any thoughts of over-eating. Staying fit and trim does start in your head!
Hair Cortisol and Adiposity in a Population‐Based Sample of 2,527 Men and Women Aged 54 to 87 Years. Obesity 2017
Those who have knee pain, whether acute or recurring, may find relief in cold laser therapy. This type of laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses a class IV laser to stimulate the affected area and alleviate pain. Research has shown that it can be efficacious in alleviating knee pain whether it’s caused by injury or chronic conditions. Researchers think the lasers aid in healing because they may:
Stimulate natural painkillers called endorphins
Improve cell regeneration
Encourage new tissue growth
Those who have knee injuries, as well as those who have a knee injury caused by trauma, may be able to benefit from laser therapy. Bone on bone knee pain can be eliminated with a combination of LLLT and physical therapy. The LLLT reduces the irritation and subsequent inflammation of arthritis while the physical therapy strengthens the surrounding muscles and ligaments so that pressure on the joint is reduced.
An injured knee joint can heal faster when LLLT is applied because the body’s healing mechanisms are stimulated and circulation increases. Other types of pain that can be helped with LLLT include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
The time it takes to heal and how long the benefits lasts will vary by the individual. Currently, there is no cure for arthritis or similar bone diseases. However, LLLT can provide relief from the symptoms and improve quality of life for those who have a degenerative bone disease in their knees. For some, the use of LLLT can enable them to begin to exercise and lose weight, which can often alleviate much of the knee pain of arthritis and other conditions.
If you have knee pain and would like to try laser therapy in Winnipeg, feel free to contact us at 204-586-8424.
People often think of a massage as a relaxing experience, something they might do occasionally, or give as a gift along with a trip to the spa. Trigger point massage therapy is another kind of massage used to treat pain and physical dysfunction. Trigger points can develop in people from all walks of life. They can affect people of all ages, office workers and labourers, elite and weekend athletes, post surgical patients, people with acute pain from injury and people with chronic pain. Trigger point massage therapy can treat a wide variety of physical conditions such as:
TP’s were first brought to the attention of the medical world by Dr. Janet G. Travell. Dr. Travell, physician to President John F. Kennedy, is the acknowledged Mother of Myofascial Trigger Points. In fact, “Trigger Point massage, the most effective modality used by massage therapists for the relief of pain, is based almost entirely on Dr. Travell’s insights.”2 Dr. Travell’s partner in her research was Dr. David G. Simons, a research scientist and aerospace physician.
Trigger Points are very common. In fact, Travell and Simons state that TP’s are responsible for, or associated with, 75% of pain complaints or conditions.1 With this kind of prevalence, it’s no wonder that TP’s are often referred to as the “scourge of mankind”.
Trigger Points can produce a wide variety of pain complaints. Some of the most common are migraine headaches, back pain, and pain and tingling into the extremities. They are usually responsible for most cases of achy deep pain that is hard to localize.
A TP will refer pain in a predictable pattern, based on its location in a given muscle. Also, since these spots are bundles of contracted muscle fibres, they can cause stiffness and a decreased range of motion. Chronic conditions with many TP’s can also cause general fatigue and malaise, as well as muscle weakness.
Trigger points are contracted knots in muscles. They form from overload stress causing muscle fibers to become locked together in a self perpetuateing spasm. Trigger points will then produce pain, usually deep achy pain, as well as refered pain. Because of the contraction of the tissue trigger points will also produce stiffness and weakness. Trigger points are also known to mimick other symptoms such as Carple tunnel, and sciatica symptoms. Trigger points are one of, if not the most common cause of pain in the body. Regular massage therapy is not specific or deep enough to release trigger points, a specific technique of applying deep focused pressure to the heart of the knot is required for the point to release. This is called trigger point massage.
Myofascial trigger points are contracted knots in muscle tissue. They are one of the most common causes of pain in the body. Most people will experience pain from trigger points at some point in there lives. Trigger point pain is usually felt as a deep achey pain. This pain may be refered In a specific pattern to other areas of the body. For example, trigger points in your hip can refer pain all the way down the leg into the foot. Trigger points will also mimick joint pain leading to misdiagnosis of arthritis. Trigger point massage therapy targets the knots specifically with focused deep work to release the area and allow the muscle to heal. Visit http://www.triggerpointmassagetherapy.info or http://www.aberdeenchiropractic.com for more information.
Trigger Points (TP’s) are defined as a “hyper-irritable spot within a taut band of skeletal muscle. The spot is painful on compression and can evoke characteristic referred pain and autonomic phenomena.”1
Put into plain language, a TP is a painful knot in muscle tissue that can refer pain to other areas of the body. You have probably felt the characteristic achy pain and stiffness that TP’s produce at some time in your life.
The Rectus Femoris muscle is one of the muscles that makes up the quadriceps group. It works to extend the knee and flex the hip. Trigger points that form in the Rectus Femoris are an often overlooked source of knee pain. The pain is usually described as a achy pain felt deep in the joint.
The gluteus minimus muscle is located at the hip. It functions to abduct the hip and stabilize the pelvis. Trigger points commonly develop in this muscle from overload stress. The referral pattern of these trigger points will refer pain down the side of the leg, as well as into the glute and hamstring. These symptoms are often mistaken for irritation of the sciatic nerve called ” sciatica” which produces very similar symptoms.