Stress: A Financial Burden We All Share
• the number of people off work rose from 7% in 2001 to 8.5% in 2011 EVERY WEEK
OF THE YEAR
• 92 million work days lost in 2002, with a direct cost of $16 billion (CDN) plus indirect cost of approximately $33 billion (CDN)
• Absenteeism due to stress has increased by over 300% since 1995
The Cascade Effect
Stress is a health problem in itself, but it can also lead to other physical and emotional complications:
• unhealthy nutrition – skip meals, overeat, wrong foods (sugar, fatty foods)
• substance abuse – alcohol, tobacco, prescription or street drugs
• behaviour – mood swings, dangerous behaviour (from getting into arguments to ignoring traffic lights)
• sleep disturbances – lack of sleep reduces the effectiveness of your immune system and further affects your judgment
• physical inactivity – you may not be motivated to get enough exercise
What is Stress?
• Stressors – what you face every day
• Stress – how your body responds to the stressors in your life
• The Autonomic Nervous System (not under your control) has two main components related to stress: The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS). The SNS (Fight or Flight) dumps adrenalin and cortisol into your system. PSNS (Rest & Digest) counteracts the SNS.
• Side effects, potential addictions
• “Do not operate heavy machinery….”
• Reduces SNS firing
• Manually promotes firing of the PSNS
• Over 4,000 years of proven practice
• Frequently covered by employee benefits
• A return on investment of $3.40 for every dollar invested in wellness initiatives as shown by reduced turnover, increased productivity and decreased insurance claims
• A 70% reduction in malpractice claims in 22 hospitals that implemented stress prevention activities
• A 50% decline of medication errors in a 700-bed hospital after stress prevention activities were implemented
Massage therapy can help to relieve chronic conditions associated with traumatic injury, overuse and stress and can include lower back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue and more. It has been shown to improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and the function of the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems which in-turn helps the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.
A relaxing massage also has psychological benefits such as reducing emotional stress. This will reduce or eliminate the production of stress chemicals which, over a period of time, can be harmful to the body. Physical touch is also recognized by health professionals as an adjunct to pain relief, whether physical or emotional.
To learn more or to book an appointment, please call Tranquil Therapeutic Solutions at (519) 265-3799.