Stress effects on the body
Musculoskeletal system When the body is stressed, muscles tense up. Muscle tension is almost a reflex reaction to stress — the body's way of guarding against injury and pain. With sudden onset stress, the muscles tense up all at once, and then release their tension when the stress passes. Chronic stress causes the muscles in the body to be in a more or less constant state of guardedness. Millions of individuals suffer from chronic painful conditions secondary to musculoskeletal disorders. Relaxation techniques and other stress-relieving activities and therapies have been shown to effectively reduce muscle tension, decrease the incidence of certain stress-related disorders, such as headache, and increase a sense of well-being. Respiratory system The respiratory system supplies oxygen to cells and removes carbon dioxide waste from the body. Some studies show that an acute stress — such as the death of a loved one — can actually trigger asthma attacks. Cardiovascular Endocrine The HPA axis Bowel
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