The sad truth about stress is that it’s now showing up in scientific research studies just like the one that the American Medical Association did. This report showed that stress was found to be a contributing factor in nearly 75 percent of all diseases. Recent studies even linked stress to a weakening of the muscle of the heart.
In 2004, in the August edition of GreatLife Magazine, Duke University Medical Center did research in Durham NC and studied the effects of a person’s stress on their hearts. This clinical trial monitored reactions of the heart to average events that occur each and every day.
The discovery was that the more stress, sadness, and anger that someone experiences, the less their hearts are able to respond with efficiency. It’s like the pressure that the person is under presses on the heart and causes the stress to stretch the muscle beyond its capacity to bounce back. All of those emotional ups and downs had a profound effect on the heart.
The Link Between Depression and Lowered Heart Rate
A link was found between depression and an impaired heart. At Emory University, researchers in Atlanta, GA and at Yale University in New Haven, CN, found that 50 pairs of male twins had a link between depression and a reduced heart rate called HRV or heart rate variability. This is a fluctuation between heartbeats. A decreased HRV will weaken the heart and it may then be more susceptible to sudden fatality.
Reflexology: The Low-Cost Method to Combat Stress
This is a low cost, all-natural option, similar to what a herbalist might offer, that can help to offset the effect of stress on the heart and on the overall health. Reflexology works to treat not only the body, but also the mind and the spirit as a cohesive system that may be the cause of disease and not just a symptom. Reflexology has the capacity to cancel out the side effects of stress on the body and to aid the body in reaching a deeper relaxation that can reset or balance the entire system.
Reflexology Reduces Stress
Via the relaxation process, the body will become more capable of dealing with the stresses that are put upon it by the very act of living your daily life. The act of reflexology will nudge the body gently toward improving functioning by improving the way the lymph system drains and by the venous circulation as it stimulates the nerves and relaxes the muscles.
Reportedly, research on reflexology that was published at www.reflexology-research.com showed, using a Chinese study, how it can effectively reduce and alleviate the effects of stress. Twenty patients that were being treated neurasthenia, in which a condition extreme emotional stress, had a course of reflexology at the hospital in the physiotherapy department. These treatments put a focus on areas on the feet that related to the adrenal glands, the kidneys, the sinuses, the bladder, the heart, lungs, brain, and other organs that are related to stress.
Daily treatment was undergone for approximately a week and the following results were then presented at the China Reflexology symposium. This was done in July 1993. At that time, 40 percent of the patients were found to be cured. Thirty-five patients were improved greatly and 15 percent found mild improvement. There was a 10 percent report that stated no changes at all.
Reflexology Releases Hormones That Make You Feel Good
Reflexology is a therapeutic way to reduce stress and to reduce tension in the body and throughout the lymph system. It can increase the blood supply and circulation to the cells and it can release toxins from the tissues in the body. It’s believed to encourage endorphins.
Reflexology Supports Self-Healing
Reflexology is a great way to improve the way the body assimilates nutrients and eliminates wastes. It also improves the immune system.
It makes everyone feel better and it’s ideal for those who may not be good candidates for regular massage therapy. All you have to remove for reflexology is your shoes.