Natural ways of dealing the stress

Pain and stress has strong correlation and inter related to each other. In the present world, depression is one of the chronic disorder which negatively impact the persons growth. When a person is on chronic stress, eventually he will become hyperalgesic, where he shows extreme sensitivity to mild stimulation and vice versa. The tolerating capacity may get diminished. It is essential to balance the life to live healthier.
In order to overcome stress, apart from medical interventions, there are certain natural modalities available which could be followed effectively and efficiently to improve the quality of life. These includes,

  •  Changing the sleep cycle. Practicing the habit of Early wake and early bed will helps to go in accordance with the natural mechanism of the body. Sun is the natural source of energy and helps to rejuvenate the body during sun rise. Also that, certain hormones like somatotropin are typically secreted during sleep, hence adequate sleep at right time is important.
  • In general, the metabolic activity will be tremendously high in the morning and gradually decreases during night. Dumping the stomach in dinner will collapse the metabolism and impairs the proper sleep cycle. Ideally dinner should be wind up by on or before 8 pm.
  • Breathing fresh air at the early morning, where the pollution is minimal, helps to open up the respiratory system, and freshen the brain thus activating the neural system.
  • Meditating at this time, will helps to refresh the thought process by intensifying the focus and determination.
  • Regular physical activity plays a vital role. It not only improve the tonicity of the muscles and rejuvenate the body and controls the pain but also provide a positive vibration around the body which helps for relieving stress.
  • Hydrating the body adequately will helps to remove the toxins, this in-turn controls the chronic inflammatory conditions effectively.
  • Eating healthy foods and avoiding junks will improvise the health.
  •  Sweating is one of the effective way to remove toxins.
  • Changing the life style from sedentary to active is crucial.
  • More than what we eat, eating at right time is significantly important. Giving less stress to digestive system will helps to solve most of the stress related conditions.

Even-though stress is a chronic mental illness, it is possible to handle and keep it under control by making reasonable changes in the life style

Influence of lifestyle on lower backpain

Patient : doc, I am having severe back-pain. Sometimes it is extremely unbearable. I am scared !! Am I suffering from any serious issue?
Doctor : ho! Please relax, do not panic! Let us sort it out. But before proceeding into it, I would like to know a few things about your regular activities
Patient : yes sure, I will give you the honest answers
Doctor : That’s good. Ok tell me, have you ever met with trauma or accident before ?
Patient : No doc. I hardly prefer to travel and I had never encountered such incidents
Doctor : Fine. What’s your nature of work?
Patient : Well, I work in a corporate company, and almost I will spend my days with laptop
Doctor : oh ok! How do you start the day? What sort of physical activity you do ?
Patient : I do not have enough time to spend for such things. Infact I am a nocturnal person. I will wake up late in the morning. I always go to office in a hurry.
Doctor : humm.. So what you will do in the leisure time?
Patient : As you know I have tight schedules, I always prefer to spend my free time by relaxing on sofa and watching TV , chit chatting with friends and family, having mouth watering foods, by taking a good nap, like that.
Doctor : So, as such you are leading a sedentary life !
Patient : Not exactly, but yes!
Doctor : So, how can you expect your body to support you?
Patient : what !!!

Hah, have you been one among this category ? Then, this is for you.

Lower back pain is a chronic disease which is quite common in this modern world. The pain starts at the lumbar – sacral region and slowly aggravate by restricting the movements. The pain often mimic disc prolapse or disc displacement. Before going into major investigation, it is important to rule out the life style impact.

When living in a sedentary life, the body mechanism becomes weakened. The foremost affected portions are the lower back muscles, Which in turn will weaken the bones of that region. It is essential to correct the lifestyle before going into medical interventions. This chronic condition will not only affect the physical stability, but also will cause mental disturbances due to lack of adequate sleep and prolonged pain.

Having regular physical activity is one of the essential element for this condition. This not only plays a vital role in muscle strengthening but also improves the quality of life. Being physically fit will boost up the confidence and helps to overcome anxiety and depression. While exercising, the body will release certain chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interacts with the receptors in the brain, which reduces the perception of pain. Endorphins also triggers a positive feel in the body.

Thus it is significantly important to get involve in active physical workout to cope up with the chronic pain. It is not merely advisable to sit continuously in a place for more than 45 mins. Multiple stretches in between such longer durations are highly recommended.

Effects of yoga on chronic pain

PAIN
Pain is the natural process to indicate the body about an unnatural or unusual happening; it could be physical or mental pain. Depending on the one’s own ability to overcome the pain, the severity scale may get varied. More-than the physical strength, it is crucial to have mental stability in order to handle the pain effectively.

YOGA AS THE SOURCE OF PAIN RELIEF :
Among the various methods of handling the pain , one efficient way could be YOGA. Yoga is a form of an activity which combines exercise, breathing and meditation, in order to stabilize the mind and the body. Properly practiced yoga would help to relieve pain from chronic health conditions like myalgia, lower back pain, migraine, arthritis, prolonged stress, obesity, hypertension etc.

HOW YOGA IS PRACTICED?
Yoga is practiced under three sections, wherein all the sections should be covered in one sitting to get the desired results. It starts with stretch exercises where the bodily muscles get activated. This helps to improve the flexibility of the bones and muscles. This is followed by breathing exercises, which is the vital component of yoga. This helps to rejuvenate the body and relax the mind. Finally it is ended with meditation, wherein immense focus and moral strength is improved. These postures could be modified according to the physical illness of the patients. The total duration of yoga could be varied from 15 mins to 1 hour or even more according to the individual comfort. On the same way, the total sittings per day shall also be determined. But it is significantly important to practice yoga on the empty stomach, in order to make effective movements.

HOW YOGA RELIEVES CHRONIC PAIN ?
Chronic pain is the factor which stimulates depression and anxiety. This in-turn will bring about behavioral modifications and emotional disturbances. By practicing yoga, a balance between the mind and the body have occur, which helps to stabilize the system. According to the researchers studies, the changes in the endocrine system has also been noticed which are in the extend support to this ancient practice.

CONCLUSION :
To conclude, even-though there are various methods available to overcome pain, yoga is one of the best way to choose with, for its own beneficial effects which are strong and effective.

Signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism

Increase or decrease secretion of thyroid hormone gives a huge impact on the overall body functions. Here we see about the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, which may help to act as an alarm sign to check your thyroid on time.

Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism ( decreased thyroid secretion ):

  • Tiredness and weakness, people will have dull and lazy feel and it is quite easy form them to sleep even for 12-14 hours a day.
  • Dry and course skin, often feel cold, very much sensitive to cold temperature with cool peripheral extremities
  • Puffy face, hands and feet called myxedema and peripheral edema
  • Increased hair loss and diffuse alopecia ( generalissd loss of hair all over the body)
  • Difficult in concentrating and poor memory
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain with poor appetite
  • Difficulty in breathing (dyspnea)
  • Decreased heart rate and rhythm ( bradycardia )
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Delayed tendon reflex relaxation ( delay in the relaxation of muscle after contraction, seen well on the calf muscles )
  • Intially menorrhagia ( heavy menstural bleed ) later it goes into oligomenorrhagia ( less menstrual bleed ) or amenorrhagia ( no mensturation )
  • Parasthesia ( tingling or prickling sensation, which occurs now and then, often on the skins of hand and foot )
  • Hearing impairment
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome Reference – Orthoinfo

Signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism ( increased thyroid secretion) :

  • Hyperactive, irritability and dysphoria, they always will be in the state of dissatisfaction and uneasiness
  • Heat intolerance and profuse sweating
  • Warm and moist skins
  • Weight loss with increased appetite
  • Palpitations and tachycardia (increased heart rate and rhythm)
  • Goiter( abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland )
  • Diarrhea
  • increased urination
  • tiredness and weakness
  • muscle weakness and peripheral degeneration of muscles
  • Upper eyelid gets retracted causing the eyeball to protrude out called exophthalmia.
  • Oligomenorrhagia and loss of libido
  • Gynecomastia

Not all the symptoms are subjective but when you come across 4-5 at a time, it is better to consult your physician.

Reference:

Harrison’s principle of internal medicine, 19th edition.

Thyroid hormone – Synthesis and functions

Often you will tend to hear about thyroid hormone very much correlated with the body function. Whenever you get deviated from the regular activities, the foremost questions arise will be like check your thyroid, what js your T3 and T4 levels ?? Rite !!!! So why these hormone have special concern? What are their functions and how their imbalance will impact our body ? Let’s have a look…

Secretions of thyroid hormone :

Thyroid hormone secretes,

Synthesis of thyroid hormone is controlled by thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) from anterior pituitary gland and iodine is the key element required for the synthesis of T3 and T4.

Functions of T3 and T4 :

Functions of thyroid hormone on specific bodily mechanisms:

  • Stimulate carbohydrate metabolism
  • stimulate fat metabolism
  • Increased requirement of vitamins
  • maintain basal metabolic rate (BMR)

All these factors will help to maintain tan the body weight under control.

Functions of thyroid hormone on heart and blood vessels:

  • Increased blood flow and cardiac output
  • Maintain the heart rate
  • strengthen the heart
  • Maintain the blood pressure mainly on the arteries.

Functions on respiration :

Increase the rate and depth of respiration thereby increasing the oxygen consumption of the body

Functions on gastrointestinal tract:

  • Increase appetite and food intake
  • increase digestive juice secretion
  • Increase intestinal motility and provide effective digestive process

Functions on muscles and nervous system :

In general thyroid hormone increase the rapidity of cerebral function and also helpful for maintaining the proper sleep cycle. Thyroid hormone plays an essential role for body builders.

Functions on other hormones :

For normal sexual functions, thyroid hormone needs to be approximately normal. Thyroid hormone indirectly regulate the function of other hormones like insulin, glucagon, growth hormone and corticosteroids.

Functions of calcitonin :

  • Increase the bone density by increasing the calcium deposits on the bone
  • Decrease the blood calcium level
  • Decrease the osteoclastic (bone destructive cell) activity

* The role of thyroid hormone on the calcium regulation is of significantly less importance as compared to the parathyroid hormone.

Any imbalance in the secretion of thyroid hormone will cause either hyperthyroidism (increased secretion ) or hypothyroidism ( decreased secretion) which will have their own consequences attributed to the above functions.Signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism

 

References :

Textbook of medical physiology by Arthur C.Guyton

Ganong’s review of medical physiology