The body is designed to withstand a certain amount of physical force such as bumps, jerks and falls, but if the mechanical stress goes beyond the body’s limit of adaptability, the effects may become stored as “body stress”.The causes may be sudden and violent, such as a car accident, a severe fall, or lifting a heavy object incorrectly. There may also be a gradual accumulation of milder mechanical stress, as a result of sitting incorrectly, or routinely doing inappropriate exercises.
Exposure to harmful chemicals may severely irritate the nervous system and cause the neck muscles to tighten, eg chemicals may be inhaled, such as car fumes and insecticides; substances may be absorbed through the skin, such as cleaning materials and certain cosmetics. Some people react adversely to certain foods, preservatives and additives. This may cause neck pain, migraines dizziness and nausea. We have found that many client’s who have reported severe headaches at the base of the skull, has been as a result of chemical stress.
Financial worries, competition in the work-place and disintegrating family relationships can all be factors in emotional/ mental stress. At times we experience sudden strong emotions, such as anger or shock, as well as milder but ongoing forms of mental strain, caused by anxiety, panic attacks, resentment and depression. We may become aware of the physical effect of emotional stress in the form of tightening of the jaw, neck, shoulders and diaphragm, creating a defensive posture to armour us against the onslaught of life’s stresses In addition the physical discomfort resulting from body stress will reinforce the negative emotions creating a vicious circle.