The Causes of Body Stress in The Neck

THE STRUCTURE

In the cervical spine there are seven vertebrae, forming a natural forward curve. The vertebral bodies are joined by the inter-vertebral discs which have a tough outer rim of cartilage and a jelly-like centre. The discs act as shock absorbers. The spinal nerves exit from the spinal cord through openings (foramina) between the vertebrae, and supply the skin and muscles of the shoulders, arms and hands.

THE CAUSES OF BODY STRESS

Mechanical Causes
Jarring or jerking the neck as in a fall or a whiplash in a car accident; working or reading with the head tilted downwards for lengthy periods; twisting the neck as in reversing a car.

Mental/Emotional Causes
Emotions like intense anger, anxiety or shock, which cause a person to hunch the shoulders and tighten the neck muscles. A state of ongoing depression will also bring about postural distortions. In addition, the physical discomfort resulting from the body stress will reinforce the negative emotions and lead to a vicious circle.

Chemical Causes
Exposure to harmful chemicals may severely irritate the nervous system and cause the neck muscles to tighten, e.g. chemicals which we inhale, such as car fumes and insecticides; substances which we absorb through the skin, such as cleaning materials and certain cosmetics. Some people react adversely to certain foods and to preservatives and colourants. Very often an infection, such as the flu or cold virus, will result in neck stress.

THE EFFECTS OF BODY STRESS

The body stress stored in the neck structures may cause pain and stiffness and an inability to fully turn the head. As the lower neck supplies the nerves to the arms, there may be pain or numbness in the shoulder, arm or hand. Muscles may be weakened, resulting in difficulty in grasping objects. The tension in the neck may cause headaches or pain in the face or jaw. There may be sensations of dizziness or nausea. The pressure may irritate nerve pathways which connect with the eyes, nose and mouth and this could adversely affect vision and the senses of smell and taste. Another effect may be a burning, dry mouth or excess saliva. Body stress in the neck area may also have an impact on nerve connections to internal organs, such as the heart, lungs and digestive system, undermining normal function.

ADVICE TO MINIMISE STRESS TO THE NECK

Never sleep on your stomach, as lying with the neck twisted is harmful.

If you sleep on your back use a soft pillow which you can mould to support the hollow of your neck. Do not use a thick pillow which would tilt the chin downwards.

If you sleep on your side, double the pillow over to ensure that your head remains level and does not tilt towards your shoulder.

Do not do neck exercises. They are not necessary and may stress the neck muscles.

Each morning and evening and at any time when you may have stressed your neck (e.g. working with your head tilted down) take a few moments to check your neck for sensitive spots and ease them in the way your BSR practitioner has shown you.

Beware of a backwash at the hairdresser - insist on having a rolled-up towel between your neck and the edge of the basin.

TRUE CASES

A woman of 28 had been experiencing almost constant headaches for six months, as well as a stiff and painful neck. She had two sessions of BSR. After each one, the pain withdrew but returned within a day. Detailed questioning revealed that she had started using a new skin cream about six months before. She stopped using it, and after one further session of BSR her neck stabilised and the headaches ceased.

A man of 42 complained of numbness in his arms, pins and needles in his fingers, and weakness of the hands. Body stress was released in his neck over three sessions. He reported that full sensation and strength had returned to his arms a week later.

A woman in her thirties had suffered from frequent attacks from asthma since a neck whiplash in a car accident, four months previously. After three sessions of BSR full movement was restored to her neck and all symptoms of asthma had ceased.
To Whom It May Concern

I met Michelle during her training and practical session at the Body Stress Release academy here in the Wilderness.

She treated me 4 times over a period of 2 weeks and despite the fact that I went into the whole procedure somewhat sceptical, I was at first pleasantly surprised, that then extremely happy with the relief I got from the chronic knee and ankle pains I have experienced for years.

I can strongly recommend BSR to anyone – and I congratulate Michelle on her grasp and understanding of the whole technique. I wish her success in this new and exciting venture for herself.

Sincerely,

Michael E. Millard
Dear Michelle,

Thank you so much for all your help during the period before and after my foot operation. I have found that BSR made a tremendous difference to my recovery and pain management before and after.

I really appreciate your commitment in helping me and would not have coped without the treatments.


The Homeopath
Dr Audrey
“Thank you Michelle for the great BSR sessions. I have had numerous Physiotherapy sessions for my neck in the last few years with very little pain relief and for very short periods. Since my BSR sessions I have not looked back !!! The pain and never ending stiffness has gone and even the headaches have disappeared. I know maintenance sessions are essential for continued healing so I will definitely book sessions on my next visit to SA.”
Tania G.. Dubai
“I battled with whiplash for a long time. It was not until I was introduced to Body Stress Release that I finally found relief from the tension in my neck and shoulders. The technique used in BSR is very gentle, non invasive and relaxing. I continue to have maintenance sessions with Michelle who has always been very professional and knowledgeable. Thank you Michelle for the experience of BSR and its healing process.“
Natalie Holme – Muldersdrift
“Dear Michelle,
Thank you so much for all you have done to help me with both my back problems and headaches!
My headaches are less severe now….when I get one. These used to come every 2nd week and last 4 to 5 days, now I get one only when very stressed and they only last a night and I can sleep them off with only taking 2 pain killers instead of the 8 a day I used to take!
My back has never seized again, must be from my monthly “maintenance” sessions with you!
Thank you once again for not only helping me to heal, but helping me cope with my day to day life.
Many thanks again
Your ever grateful headache free patient”

Eve Mc Luckie
My aching leg pain is gone !! That draining, constant pain is no longer … BSR has definitely made a difference in my life, and my work as I stand a lot on some days… I will be back for my regular maintenance sessions as discussed, thank you Michelle, the impact BSR has had for me is such a relief.
Bev P.
Dear Michelle
As a 26 year old, newly married young lady, I was not happy to have been diagnosed with a problem with my aesophagus, and that there was little that could be done for me… my diet had to be changed along with my lifestyle in major ways. However after my sessions of BSR, I am feeling much “lighter” and better able to cope with my digestive issues. The future does look much brighter.

Kind Regards Lizanne L R.
Ek is 58 jaar en werk voldag by ‘n dokter se praktyk. Ek het vir ongeveer 2 jaar lae rug pyn, wat ek aan my lang werksure toeskryf. Laas jaar het die pyn baie erg begin word, en ek het kruppel begin loop a.g.v van die regter been wat lam begin word het. Ek kon nie meer uit ‘n stoel opstaan nie, en ook nie in die nag omdraai in die bed nie. Dit was baie pynlik. My dokter het my vir x-strale gestuur wat gewys het dat my derde en vierde rugwerwel geskuif het en dit druk ‘n senuwee vas. Ek was na ‘n spesialis verwys wat ‘n rug operasie aanbeveel het a.g.v die drukking op die senuwee. My man het vir Michelle ontmoet, wat toe dadelik ‘n afspraak gereel het. Na die eerste sessie het ek nie veel geloof in BSR gehad nie. Ek wou ‘n vinnige oplossing he. My man het my aangemoedig on terug te gaan. Ek is toe vir 5 sessies elke tweede week. Ek het elke keer teruggegaan en begin om minder pyn pille te drink. Sy het my ook geleer om nie my rug te veel onder spanning to sit nie. Die posisie waarin ek sit is ook aangepas. Dit het toe elke keer beter begin gaan. In November laasjaar het ek besluit om die pyn pille heeltemal te los, en net vir BSR te gaan. Toe gebeur dit!! Dit het met elk sessie beter begin gaan. Ek kon self opstaan, en het heeltemal normaal begin loop. Ek volg haar raad om my rug in stand te hou en gaan nou elke ses weke vir ‘n sessie . Dit is wonderlik om geen pyn te he nie en ‘n goeie kwaliteit lewe te lei, en dit sonder ‘n operasie.
Ria O.

About us

Michelle Lottering has been a Body Stress Release practitioner since 2013. Helping people to discover the amazing power of BSR is her passion.
She is a member of Body Stress Release South Africa

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