Stress Relief Tip. Relax Yourself for Relaxed Muscles.

Have you ever felt your muscles tighten up without "physical exertion"? We are all well aware that stress can cause tight muscles. When you are stressed, your brain diverts blood supply to the muscles to prepare you for "fight or flight" .The stress response is designed for short duration responses to a stressful event. If you are about to be attacked by a lion, it is necessary that you increase the blood flow to your muscles. The problem arises when your stress is constant, prolonged low grade stress and your muscles are tightening up with no requirement to run or fight!

At Life and Balance Centre, we use the latest research technology, NeuroInfiniti to assess the effects of stress on your body. Using Neuro-Infiniti, EMG (electromyogram) is one of seven neurophysiological responses measured to evaluate your ability to deal with stress.

Neurologically Based Chiropractic is an extremely effective method for changing the way your Nervous System deals with stress and as a result reducing muscles tightness.  At Life and Balance Centre we also offer Biofeedback training to learn to relax muscles.

Here are some tips for how you can relax your muscles at home, in the car or in the office.  If you do have persistent muscle tightness or challenges with stress, it is recommended that you visit Life and Balance Centre for an evaluation to discover what choices are available for you.  Click here to Make an Appointment.

1. Take a few slow even breaths.  Diaphragmatic breathing is an excellent way of relaxing your Nervous System and subsequently relaxing your muscles.  See article Diaphragmatic Breathing to Relax.

2.  The muscles of the neck and shoulders and the jaw muscles are the most common muscles to react to stress.  For this exercise we will focus on these muscles. 

Place your attention on your neck and shoulders. Increase tension in your neck and shoulders by raising your shoulders up towards your ears and hold for 15 seconds. Slowly release the tension as you count for 30 seconds. Notice the tension melting away.

Now place your attention on your jaw.  Tense the muscles in your jaw holding for 15 seconds.  Then, release the tension slowly while counting for 30 seconds.

During these exercises, notice the feeling of relaxation and continue to breathe slowly and evenly.