When stress acts on the body

1) What are the physical effects of stress?
Many digestive disorders, especially intestinal disorders, are influenced by stress. You should know that stress operates in two stages: the acute reaction, where adrenaline circulates in us, and we fully feel the effects. The chronic reaction that is prolonged and can last (involving other chemicals such as corticosteroids), the effects of which we do not perceive, but which can also affect our body.

2) Why does stress sometimes cause pain in the teeth or jaw?
In addition to adrenaline rushes, stress causes many muscles in the body to be tightened (to prepare us for action). The jaw muscles are affected, such as those of the shoulders or arms. The pain in the jaws could therefore be explained by the tensioning of the masseter muscles, which contract the jaws. And can lead to pain. Stomatologists are well aware of the influence of stress on the jaws and on other pathologies such as bruxism (teeth grinding). Do not hesitate to consult. Often, the regular practice of relaxation, especially if it allows you to learn to relax your muscles (including those of the jaws), brings real relief.

3) Can stress generate diseases or certain ailments such as spasmophilia for example?
Stress is defined as the body’s response to adapt to its environment, so it is necessary not only to live, but also to perform. The relationships between stress and various diseases are very complex. To simplify, we could say that on the one hand, stress by subjecting the body to discharges of adrenaline and other chemicals, can in the long run create physical illnesses, and on the other hand, when has an illness, it is of course a stressor. Spasmophilia is a prime example. It is a disease more and more disputed by doctors (we are almost the only country in the world to have it!), We are moving more and more towards the concept of panic attacks whose manifestations can be cardiac (tachycardia attacks), respiratory (feelings of suffocation) or very varied (dizziness, tingling, etc.). Better to check with a doctor specializing in these problems, this type of disorders in order to have the appropriate treatments. Some antidepressant medications and behavior therapy are effective.

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4) How do you know if insomnia is due to stress?
The causes of insomnia are very numerous (certain painful diseases, neurological disorders etc …) but very often psychological factors are at play, and among them, of course, stress. In general, people who have trouble falling asleep tend to have insomnia related to stress or anxiety. While those whose predominant problem is waking up very early in the morning and not being able to go back to sleep, suffer from depression more frequently. If, when in bed, you can’t sleep and you feel your body tense, and all the worries of the day go through your mind or you anticipate the problems of tomorrow, you probably have stress. partly responsible. There are some simple and essential principles to improve your sleep: reduce your consumption of stimulants, especially from 4 p.m., avoid overly large dinners and especially not to stimulate your mind too much in the evening (no stormy conversations, arguments or horror films…!)

5) How can we differentiate between stress due to physical exertion and stress due to mental exertion, since both greatly influence the general stability of the human body?
Stress is both physical and psychological reaction we have whenever we are faced with a difficult situation, which we need to control. It is therefore both our body (by the adrenaline produced, by the contraction of muscles …) and our mind (with the activation of emotions such as fear, anger …) that react. The stress due to physical exertion is undoubtedly a more “natural” stress insofar as it uses in an adapted way the discharge of adrenaline which makes work our body. Psychological stress (unfortunately it is the one that grows at full speed in our society) is the most difficult to manage because our organism at the base was not built taking it into account. Our physical stress response system (adrenaline etc …) is almost the same as that observed in rats, cats, or dogs, or prehistoric humans. Obviously, it is no longer the physical effort that allows us to get out of stress.

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