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30.10.2013
Have you ever noticed that when you are extremely stressed out by certain events in life or even a one-off circumstance or situation, the pain and inflammation on the joints seemed to get worse?
It was not until few weeks ago when another life-stress event triggered a short episode of flare-ups which had not been happening for quite a long time now that caught my attention. Stress may initiate the pathophysiological response in arthritic patient, predispose a patient to develop RA or exacerbate the initial pathophysiology according to Anderson et al 1985. I find that the portrayal of prolonged stress by Canadian physiologist Hans Selye in his three-stages model of General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) very relevant to the understanding of the overall picture.
BUT, over time (say years), the body slowly uses up its resources and also functions with less efficiency as the person ages. The persistently overworked body manifests itself into pain, stiffness and often inflammation and muscles become less elastic.
The peripheral nerves leading to joints become biochemically unstable, they fire the pain signals to the joints. Easy access of microorganisms into the body of host and resulting in tissue sensitivity to the toxins of protein byproducts.
External immune complexes, usually from food allergies, may load onto the joint tissues and causing or creating irritations that lead to pain, inflammation, swelling and also joint damage. With pain, swelling and inflammation, as well as joint damage and deformity, more stress ensues. In terms of a flare-up, a flare-up triggers vasodilation of the surroudning capillaries and arterioles and reuslts in increased blood flow the the area as well as signs of redness and warmth. Therefore, it is not even surprising that major and minor life events can be causative agents of both the development and exacerbation of RA. Salmond 1989 identified a positive link between major stressors (children problems, marital crisis and financial difficulties) and symptom exacerbation. Rimon and Laasko 1985 concluded that RA onset resulted from a major traumatic life even occuring in the year prior to disease onset. Hassett and Clauw 2010 found that individuals reporting two or more traumatic childhood events were at a 100% increased risk for rheumatic diseases compared to those reporting no childhood trauma.
Many theories suggest that small chronic stressors experienced in daily life in sufficient quantities may also place enough burden on a person already weakened by chronic illness to precipitate an exacerbation of the disease.
DeLongist et al 1982 examined the relationship between ongoign stresses of daily living (hassles) and health status, and concluded that these minor stresses (e.g. Thomason et al 1992 applied similar theory to a study of 69 RA patients and it was found that minor stress was significantly correlated with inflammation. Crosby 1988 related similar results with 101 RA patients who were assessed in relation to daily stress factors, emotional stress levels and RA disease activity.
Once the stressors of your life have been identified, it is imperative to know that these stressors can be manageable and hence, the disease flares are controllable. Some techniques employed with success in RA patients include relaxation training, guided imagery or visualisation, exercise, meditation, yoga, EFT, aromatherapy and many others.
Guided imagery calls upon the mind to envision a pleasant place where the person feels relaxed, peaceful and free of stress. Using all of your senses, your body seems to respond as though what you are imagining is real.
There are many relaxation script on calming visualization that are available for free online. How many of you know that exercise does your body good, but may be too stressed to fit in into your routine? Being active can boost your brain’s feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. Regular exercise can increase self confidence and lower symptoms associated with mild depression and anxieties. It is meditative in motion, and helps with shedding daily tensions through movement and physical activity. Below are some tips that I find very useful when I began working out after a long period of stagnation and non-movement from persistent pain endurance.
Consult with your doctor, if you have not been exercised for some time or if you have serious health concerns. In other word, we learn to key out all functioning stimuli-responses mechanisms of the body whether they are triggered by past, recorded memories or were conditioned under painful and emotional experiences. Having said that, I add the support of a study overseen by Dr Kabat-Zinn that revealed an astounding 72% of patients with chronic pain conditions achieving at least a 33% reduction after participating in an 8-weeks mindful meditation program. For me, as a sufferer of RA, I find that being able to identify a causal event or events gives meaning to this chronic and disabling disease because noting that link between stress and the flares, pain or inflammation may proffer a sense of control. With this understanding, came greater control in terms of the ability to apply the varied stress management techniques to reduce the stressors in life. Do you recognise any major or minor life-stress events that may possibly trigger the onset or exacerbate your RA disease state? 3 Comments on What Stress Could Have Done to You and Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain and Flares-Up? Our Guided Imagery products have been clinically proven to help adults and children manage stress, anxiety, pain and insomnia. After listening to this soothing Guided Imagery session for Stress Relief, you will not only feel physically relaxed, you will also feel peaceful and calm from within,  more confident, positive and enthusiastic about the future and content with life in general.
Do you think you look older than your age because of stress-lines and wrinkles on your face?
Are you always jumping up looking for something to do, dashing around all day, then find you are too shattered to sleep or is sleep the only time you do relax? Guided Imagery and Visualisation centers the mind’s eye so that a deeper level of relaxation and meditation is accomplished. Note from the Author: There are no references to religion or the supernatural in my recordings. This is just what I was looking for…Great CD,I have a very high pressure job although in a strange way, the pressure sometimes motivates me but when it becomes excessive, I get stressed out.  I have tried various stress relieving solutions including St John’s Wort and a stress ball and they did help to some extent.
I have to say that this Deep Relaxation CD is wonderful and it does just as it saysI just have to say that this Deep Relaxation CD is wonderful and it does just as it says.
What a great find this was., For no particular reason I have been having trouble sleeping over the last few months. Scientific research has shown that guided imagery healing can have profound effects on stress management, pain tolerance and many other forms of physical and psychological discomfort. Practitioners with guided imagery training help their clients tap into the healing influences that the mind can have over the body, using relaxation techniques, directed thoughts, visualization, storytelling, and a variety of other methods. Most guided imagery training programs consist of postgraduate curriculum aimed at health care professionals like mental health therapists, nurses or physicians.
It’s possible to complete introductory guided imagery training in as little as a weekend of intensive study. Tuition varies widely depending on the type of guided imagery training program you are looking for. Practitioners of guided imagery healing are not formally licensed or regulated in the United States, but many training programs do lead to professional certification. Salaries in the field of guided imagery meditation depend on your specific job role and where you’re employed. The ideal candidate for guided imagery training is a caring clinical professional looking to enrich their career in health care, mental health or even bodywork, and someone who has an integrative, whole-person philosophy when it comes to medicine and wellness. The day spa is one of thousands in the country embracing a growing movement toward natural beauty and aesthetics in cosmetics and skin care.
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Stone therapy training uses the calming properties of warmth to loosen tight muscles and improve the flow of energy in the body.
The therapeutic practice of hydrotherapy encompasses all the ways that water can be used internally and externally to maintain health and manage stress.
Following the Hawaiian philosophy of Huna, Lomi Lomi massage emphasizes the free flow of energy throughout the body. Holistic health practitioners believe that healing is most effective when you consider the whole person, rather than focusing on specific body parts. Whatever healing means to the client, it’s what matters most to massage therapists, whether they are women or men. Medical massage therapy employs a variety of modalities and procedures to treat the particular areas of a patient’s body suffering from injury or pain. Naprapathic medicine is a holistic approach to wellness that focuses on connective tissue disorders, including muscles, tendons and ligaments. Hellerwork practitioners view the body, mind and spirit as inseparable, and they combine techniques to foster physical, mental and emotional awareness. Modern science and discoveries in medicine and health inform today’s field of nutrition but people have been investigating the link for much longer. Guided imagery is not only used in managing pain and disease, it can also help patients overcome bad habits and improve their overall wellness.
Fauzia Morgan, a licensed esthetician who specializes in facials, resurfacing peels and body treatments, offers tips for a successful career. Orthobionomy is a gentle body therapy that can help alleviate chronic muscle tension and stress, soothe the joints, increase flexibility and relax the body.
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Reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture and massage have similar origins in Chinese medicine.
Through a series of techniques, Rolfing lengthens and repositions the fascia, which, in turn, helps release, realign and balance the whole body. The Feldenkrais method is a form of movement therapy in which clients learn greater awareness of how their bodies move through space. As a physical therapist, your job isn’t done once you become licensed by the state you work in. Thai bodywork combines stretching and body movements to loosen muscles, release tension and eliminate disease. At Trager therapy schools, students learn how gentle rocking and rolling movements helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns.
Through trigger point massage, patients experience relief and healing from the symptoms that trigger points can cause. Tui Na therapy uses rhythmic compression along energy channels of the body together with manipulation techniques at acupressure points to elicit self-healing. When you consider yoga teacher training, it’s important to explore the many types of yoga and think about which one suits your personality. Chair massage, which usually lasts between 5 and 30 minutes, focuses on the head, neck, shoulders, back and hips.
The Breema approach focuses on the balance of energy within the mind and body to encourage wellness through a combination of touch, stretching and movements. Biofeedback therapy helps patients enlist the power of their own minds to encourage physical wellness. Bioenergetics improves health, wellness and energy using a combination of psychotherapeutic and bodywork techniques.
In tough economic times, you need to redefine what investment means if you want to push your natural health degree career to the next level. One of the most widely known systems of flower essence healing was pioneered by English physician and homeopath Dr. More than twenty years ago, Donda Sternberg could not envision how much the decision to go into massage therapy would change her life. Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed. During a session, you are guided to help your mind visualize the healing you would like to have and to envision you body as being strong and well. Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising. GUIDED IMAGERYGuided Imagery is a powerful technique which uses descriptive language in-tended for psychological benefit of mental imagery.
Clipping is a handy way to collect and organize the most important slides from a presentation. For me, I can positively say that different magnitude of stress definitely influences the intensity of the pain and inflammation of the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). I had expressively mentioned that the emotional trauma that I experienced during my miscarriage triggered the onset of my RA and I believed that there must be a reason how a life-stress event like this could be so powerful that it instigated my immune system to attack me.
This time, I decided to learn and understand more about stress and its role, specifically on how it creates arthritis and what are some of the effective stress management techniques that can be employed to keep chronic stress at bay.
In simple language, stress can be defined as a state of disharmony or threatened homeostasis. It is hypothesized that disruptions in the feedback loop of the stress response and the immune system over a continuum could alter inflammatory disease activity and further explain exacerbations and remissions associated with RA; in which sense, may also be associated with the inadequate or excessive cortisol production and availability. The three phases he spoke of are: (a) alarm stage (b) resistance stage and (c) exhaustion stage.
BUT, when repetitive stress goes beyond the person’s ability to compensate as quickly, here enters the second phase, resistance stage.
Anyway, emotionally, you may think, well, no doubt, you feel tired but you are still coping well. Body became stagnant, circulation became inefficient to expel cellular waste or maximize distribution of blood, fluids, minerals, etc, additional stress forms as the body gradually becomes malnourished. More burden is placed on the tendons and ligaments to the bones and muscles, which in turn lead to additional pain and structural maladaptations. Due to molecular mimicry, the body’s immune system apparently attacks both the foreign agents and our own joint tissues. This is an established positive feedback loop, where stress initiates a physiological, mental and emotional sequence which creates more chronic stress. Flare ups result in edema to the affected joint in addition to decreased joint mobility which causes severe pain and disability. The key is to invoke a sense of personal control over the entire disease process with coping strategies and of course, learning how to deal with these stresses.
An example often used is to imagine an orange or a lemon in great detail-the smell, the color, the texture of the peel. To ease these moments, guided imagery can be applied with an instructor who sits and listens. Hold on, there is one good reason that you should absolutely start doing so, because exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. How nice it would feel to know that there will be a company throughout the process, and wouldn’t you be more motivated and commitment to exercising? It is an activity that keeps a person’s attention anchored in present time without being influenced by past memories nor preoccupied with future considerations. There are physiological, psychological, and spiritual benefits from daily practice of meditation. Some forms of conscious relaxation may become meditation while relaxation is a secondary effect of most forms of meditation. I love how he explains that it is about not thinking during meditation, and just being there. And it is noticeable that the physical stress of pain cannot be separated from the psychological effects that accompany the pain, especially if that pain led to an impairment of functions, which then led to a series of negative emotions such as depression.


I am also seeing an accupressurist and doing a lot of mental relaxing and letting go along with meditation. Not sure if you have heard of panchakarma but I plan to go on this ayurvedic treatment as many Indian ayurvedic centers recommend this for RA. Guided Relaxation of the entire body, deeper calming of the mind followed by a gentle stroll along a sunny beach. The music and sounds of the sea and waves then remain for further relaxation.
This holistic approach using all your senses of hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell permits the wonderful experiences you encounter in your imagination to transfer into your real world. I found many de stressing CDs on the internet and I was worried about them making me sleepy but having read the description of this one, it sounded just what I was looking for. Therapists will use one or more guided imagery techniques to lead the patient’s imagination to a safe and peaceful place. Many organizations, such as the Academy for Guided Imagery and the Center for Healing & Imagery, provide training and certification for already-licensed professionals such as nurses, massage therapists or psychotherapists. As a result, practitioners with guided imagery training will be in higher demand in settings ranging from cancer treatment centers to stress management clinics. Skilled practitioners can help bridge the gap between the conscious and unconscious mind, enabling patients to experience the therapeutic benefits of directed and focused mental imagery on both mind and body.
It is a powerful way to help the Mind and Body work together for your wellness and balance. Guided Imagery can heighten immune function and balance your other bodily functions as well. This technique involvesseveral or all human senses in order to guide an individual’s imagination to-ward a relaxed and focused state of being.
While good dietary habits are a most necessary condition for reversing and controlling RA, they may not by themselves be a sufficient condition. Today, these are what my blog post is about, and I love to share my findings with you, and hope that you can be helped by these information. Seen as a threat to survival, it triggers the production of cortisol, which is a substance from the adrenal gland (very much like cortisone), which activates the body to produce energy we need during the state of emergency. Again, the symptoms being masked up, the joint and muscle structures enter the exhaustion stage of GAS.
A condition of deficiency in nourishment also factors in cartilage degeneration, free radical damage and finally inflammation, swelling and permanent joint damage. Affleck et al 1987 had identified stress as the cause most often implicated by RA patients as the reason for their flare-ups. Benson discusses his latest book Relaxation Revolution which details the science behind the benefits of relaxation practices such as meditation, yoga, and repetitive prayer.
There are programs that assist to direct thoughts and suggestions that guide your imagination toward a relaxed, focused state. Continue to imagine the smell of the lemon, and then see yourself taking a bite of the lemon and feel the juice squirting into your mouth. Do not throw yourself into the deep end and ending up in a higher risk of injury and resultantly feel less motivated as you won’t be enjoying the exercising.
If you cannot afford to work out for 30-minutes at a single time, then break it down into three 10-minutes sessions instead.
It heightens self awareness to harness insight and creativity as you observe your breath to center yourself and allow your body to self-repair, relax and recuperate.
I suppose, more importantly, rather than asking about the differences is to be mindful that these techniques both offer a mean for us to slowly relax our muscle groups in the body with the ultimate goal of being the stimulation of relaxation response, slower breathing and other physiological changes or experiences to the whole body. Additionally, they also witnessed an increase in self esteem and held more positive views about their bodies.
Positive mental and physical changes can then happen, giving you a feeling of empowerment and well-being. I didn’t actually buy it on Amazon but I came here to look for other titles by the same person so when I saw this, I thought I should leave this review. Then, depending on the purpose of the imagery, the therapist may ask clients to picture their immune systems attacking cancer cells, or assist them in cultivating a relaxed state to aid in creativity or performance.
Further study usually focuses on the theory, practice, and history of guided imagery as well as ethical and professional practice.
The Academy of Guided Imagery requires 150 hours of study for its professional certification program, while the California Pacific Medical Center requires 500 hours. It is another method of psy-chotherapy or personal counseling which aims to develop an individual’ssense of well being which is based on the concept of the connection of bothbody and mind with the use of all the senses.As the body and mind connects through human senses, the body responds asif what the individual’s imagining is real allowing the mind to influence thebody the most.
I tend to support the notion that an absence of stress, just like the presence of a good nourishment and lifestyle, is also a necessary addition for achieving wellness.
I was not very concerned back then about the process that put RA into my life, because I was more concerned about how to put things right.
Our bodies are also programmed to convert T-cells (protecting cells of our immune system) into quick energy. Muscular imbalance from tendon and ligament imbalances also lead to further structural stress as body attempt to compensate creates calcium spurs and further joint damage. To this contrary, not all studies manage to identify the direct association between inflammation and stress.
Some ideas may be walking, stair climbing, jogging, aqua aerobic, swimming, bicycling, jogging, Tai Chi, gardening and many more. That is, a straightforward unidirectional relationship between stress and pain and other symptoms probably does not exist. This inspiring collection of Guided Imagery, Visualisation and Deeply Relaxing recordings from Here To Listen, all include the spoken word of a female with an English accent.
Having listened to the recording twice this week, I can honestly say I felt totally rejuvenated and ready to face anything.
I found the mp3 version and bought it last week and I have used it twice since, and to my delight, I have had 2 nights of interrupted sleep, 8 hours last night, which is rare for me these days.
While guided imagery can be practiced at home using written materials or audio recordings, practitioners with guided imagery training usually work out of an office, clinic or hospital. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. This technique advocates the assertion of imagination as apotent healer as it relieves pain, speeds the healing process as well as helpsthe body suppress the ailments such as depression, allergies and asthma.The Guided Imagery technique was first developed by Hanscarl Leuner, aGerman psychiatrist, wherein he based this psychotherapy method on his re-search about Mental Imagery, Catathymic influences or the interaction ofmental contents and emotional processes, as well as in dreams and day-dreams. There is such strong interplay between these factors that both of which cannot be overlooked nor isolated in consideration of the approaches to take to address any pervasive RA issues.
Over time, when we unbalance our immune system with these conversions, we also permit the invasion of  opportunistic organisms and increased susceptibility towards developing infection due to lowered body resistance. The result of the exercise is so that any residual re-stimulation of the memories containing similarities to painful moments can be alleviated. The empowering words, ideas and suggestions presented are carefully mixed with soothing, emotionally-stirring music throughout and natural sound effects inspired by nature, where appropriate. I loved the music, I thought it suited the voice perfectly and I can highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for something to relieve stress at work especially.
Since there are plenty of psychotherapy methods, some individualsthink that the concept of Guided Imagery and Creative Visualization are justthe same, however, this idea is misleading.According to some health experts, Guided Imagery is the process of makingthe individual feel relaxed and restores its health by being guided through acalming process which includes the description of peaceful or calmingsceneries, healing process and other guided images and it can be directed ei-ther by written, video, script or audio. In this manner, the continuous emergency state of threat to survival and flight or fight syndrome becomes a continuing stress which becomes damaging mentally, emotionally and physically. The music then continues for a prolonged period at the end of each recording enabling you to you continue relaxing or to fall asleep if it’s appropriate for you to do so. As for Visualization, it is the processof envisioning something for relaxation of making positive changes whichincludes visualization of a relaxing scene or the process of healing or thestages of breath as well as other mental images.This process can be guided or unguided for it can be done alone, with orwithout a script, audios or videos. Basically there are three principles ofGuided Imagery which makes the process more effective and favorable topeople.



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