Sunday, May 21, 2017

Autonomic Nervous System and Stress On Our Body



In this video, Dr. Paul Canali and Jim Fazio discuss the Autonomic Nervous System, stress, and how it impacts our physical well-being.


Key Points In The Video

  • The Autonomic Nervous System is responsible for our day to day function.
    • Controls things like heart rate, blood pressure, hot, cold, sexual intimacy.
    • Almost every function of the human body is under Autonomic Nervous System control.
    • We're not always aware of it until something goes wrong.
    • Negative impacts of stress are expressed through the Autonomic Nervous System.
  • Sympathetic Nervous System
    • One part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
    • It increases and expends energy to meet the demand of the moment.
    • Increases
      • Blood Pressure
      • Heart Rate
    • The stress response
    • The survival response
    • Still in the "danger mode" so your body doesn't waste energy on digestion, sleep, rest, healing.  Even dangers that have long past gone away.
  • Parasympathetic Nervous System
    • Helps slow things down and bring things back into balance.
    • If the threat, real or perceived, is still there, this will not engage.
    • Parasympathetic helps in
      • Sleep
      • Digestion
      • Rest
      • Healing
    • The longer we stay in stress or survival, the longer these systems will stay shut down and lead to constipation, inflammatory disease, and illness of all types. 
  • Majority of doctor visits are due to stress or the maladaptation to stress.
    • Treatments will only do so much unless you deal with the stress.
    • If you don't correct your ways to adapt to stress, nature will take you out of the picture.
    • Re-regulate stress by dumping allostatic load, which is how the body adapts to a stressful stimulus.
    • Stress happens and it impacts the body, but in a short period of time, we should return back to a baseline called homeostasis.  Unfortunately, we don't always do this.
    • Stresses can accumulate and keep us out of balance which ends up in situations where we are in severe pain, physical illness, and conditions that impact the body.



For More Information

  1. Dr. Paul Canali, Evolutionary Healing Institute of Miami, Florida
  2. Jim Fazio, Integrative Bodywork


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