Is stress, anger, or unresolved grief making you sick?
Sadly, 75-90% of all Dr.'s visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. Did you know, for instance, that more heart attacks happen on a Monday morning than any other day? (1) Coincidence?
Most of us living in today's fast-paced world would agree that we suffer, at least occasionally, from stress. Whether it be from:
- fighting rush hour traffic
- a stressful job/co-worker/boss
- an unexpected lay off
- the birth of a new baby
- a difficult divorce
- the loss of a loved one or pet
What many of us don't realize is that stress affects more than our just our mood--it has a very real physical component that affects our whole body. While in a state of stress, our bodies release a multitude of hormones and neuro-chemicals into our blood stream that travel all over our bodies. As a result, our blood pressure increases, our heart beats faster, our digestion is impaired, we can't focus, our creativity is decreased, our memory fails us, and often we don't sleep well. We're in a state called fight or flight (the opposite of rest and digest).
Fight or flight is very useful when you're a caveman and a wild animal is about to attack you. It's a survival mechanism that gets you out of sticky situations. But after the danger is over, a healthy nervous system switches back to rest and digest mode and everything should go back to normal. The problem in today's modern society is that we are constantly bombarded with stressful situations that trigger the fight or flight response. We might not have to face being eaten by a wild animal, but our mortgage bill might feel just as scary!
What complicates matters is that sometimes we have exaggerated responses to present-day situations because on some level they remind us (consciously or unconsciously) of a similar situation we experienced in the past. It's like when someone pushes your buttons. Those "buttons" really have a scientific explanation and are called neuro-emotional complexes (NEC's).
Neuro-emotional complexes form when you are going through a stressful situation and your nervous system thinks it might be a survival advantage to remember how you dealt with it. Although you may have dealt with the situation poorly, you survived! And that's all the nervous system cares about. So every time you experience a similar stressful situation in the present, the part of your brain called the limbic system remembers, and you experience all the same emotions you felt that first time on top of what you are feeling now. So the stress is even more intense! And most of the time, you find yourself acting in the same way you did that first time, even if you know better or wish you could do it differently. You feel stuck in a pattern you can't seem to break no matter how much you meditate on it, or journal, or "know better" on a conscious level.
Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) is designed to remove those blocks and release pent-up emotional stress. NET is not a talk it out therapy. It is not a form of psychology, psychotherapy, or counseling of any type. NET uses muscle testing to discover underlying, often deeply buried physical stress that has an emotional cause and then releases that physical stress, allowing the mind and body to heal.
So what is NET good for? NET can help with a myriad of physical and behavioral stress-related conditions. These conditions include:
- joint and body pain
- digestive problems
- difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- various organ dysfunctions
- general anxiety
- self-sabotaging behaviors, and so much more.
NET can help you regain a sense of peace and tranquility. It can help quiet your mind of worries so you can concentrate on what you need to get done during the day and so you can fall asleep at night. And it can resolve mysterious body aches that you haven't been able to get rid of no matter what you did, because they actually had an emotional component. In harmony with the philosophy of Chiropractic, NET removes physical stressors that are acting as barriers to the natural, self-healing ability of the body so that your body can heal itself.
If you or a loved one are suffering from the emotional and physical strain of stress, Dr. Rita would love to hear your story and see if NET could help.