CHEMICAL FREE STRESS RELIEF A SOLUTION
Chemical free stress relief has been found through recent developments and studies in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology. These findings have resulted in using several new chemical-free approaches to the problem of stress. Behavioral Psychologists have long treated anxiety, phobias and other psychological conditions which are characterized by increased autonomic stimulation. The sweaty hands, dry mouth, cold feet, tense muscles and accelerated heart rate of the fearful flyer and anxious dental patients are familiar physiological manifestations of the anxiety response.
By using a chemical free stress relief approaches a person learns to reduce their anxiety, they also learn how to lower their blood pressure, slow down their heart rate, reduce the tensions in their muscles, and increase the blood flow to their extremities and in other ways control the activity of their autonomic nervous system.
When a person learns to control their autonomic nervous system, is the first step in learning how chemical free stress relief works. When you learning how to recognize and control stress plays a big role in the effectiveness of using the chemical free approach.
Many if not all stress related and psycho physiological disorders involve automatically innervated organs, and consequently many psychosomatic disorders have been demonstrated to be amenable to stress reducing behavioral procedures.
Biofeedback, hypnosis, deep muscle relaxation and other methods have been used to treat migraine headaches, muscle spasms, essential hypertension, P.V.C., angina, spastic colon, Raynard’s syndrome, sympathetic reflex dystrophy and many other physical disorders associated with sustained autonomic stimulation.
Chemical free stress relief took on new importance as studies began to indicate that disease processes such as diabetes, arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases and other physical disorders might be manifestations of chronic sustained autonomic activity.
It is no longer enough for health care professionals to simply educate patients about stress. It has become necessary to develop practical methods of controlling and reducing stress. Methods which involve including a client participation in his/her own treatment and recovery, along with chemical free approaches.
Methods which utilize the power and success of techniques such as classical conditioning, hypnosis, biofeedback , energy work and cognitive behavior therapy are all chemical free approaches found to be successful in relieving stress.
REFLEXOLOGY, a chemical-free therapeutic approach, using cognitive behavioral techniques has been in use around the world for many years. Initially used in the offices of Health Care Professionals and Clinics, REFLEXOLOGY therapy is now available to the general public.
REFLEXOLOGY therapy employs the power of touch that stimulates the nerve endings through the hands and feet to induce a therapeutic relaxation response which reciprocally inhibits sympathetic autonomic stimulation. It is a classical conditioning procedure,of counter conditioning stress with a relaxation response that can be physiologically incompatible with stress.
A Reflexology therapy session consists of lying in a recline chair with soft music and aromatherapy fragrances as a Reflexology practitioner works on your hands and feet. By incorporating this technique pain and stress becomes ‘Psycho-Active’. It creates a psychological process which actively conditions and reinforces the relaxation response by releasing the body’s natural pain and stress relief “endorphins”.
REFLEXOLOGY therapy may be used to reduce stress in Dental Offices, waiting rooms, airplanes and in other situations where stress is encountered. It provides effective relief from muscle tension, anxiety, agitation, pain and insomnia. Reflexology is known as an effective therapy for low back pain, tension headaches, hypertension and other stress related disorders. Reflexology is seen as the bridge that connects non tradition healthcare with conventional medicine.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Modern medicine, for all its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively ~ Deepak Chopra
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