Information And Treatment
Stress is the bodyâ€™s reaction to a perceived dangerous, upsetting or frightening situation. Stress can be acute or prolonged, and it can also be â€œgoodâ€ or harmful. Prolonged, harmful periods of stress can cause physical harm, including headaches, muscle pain, nausea, depression, heart disease and a suppressed immune system. Cortisol, a hormone produced when the body is stressed, can kill cells needed for proper immune function. For example, people under stress are more vulnerable to the cold virus.
Several health & wellness treatments are good at relieving stress. These include yoga, massage and acupuncture. Massage, for example, induces a relaxation response, which combats the â€œfight or flightâ€ response exacerbated by stress, thus reducing blood pressure and risk of heart disease, and bolstering the immune system. Yoga is believed to improve â€œmindfulness,â€ thus removing attention from perceived threats or dangers and reducing stress.