Stress Reduction Techniques: Breathing

“Pain Hurts, but Stress Kills”

While people may be able to pop a pill for pain, stress lingers in the system slowly shutting down vital organs.

Sounds terrible, but it’s true.

Many of today’s causes of pain – neck pain , back pain and headaches – are commonly caused by stress. So while a pain killer may block one of the symptoms of stress it allows the problem to fester.

This is why it is so important to seek professional help when you have pain, rather than trying to treat it yourself.

I am biased, but the best professionals to go to first when you have pain, or stress, is a chiropractor or osteopath.

What Stress Reduction Techniques do chiropractors and osteopaths offer?

Well, apart from finding the true cause of your pain, osteopaths and chiropractors work on stress by default. Every level of your spine is connected to a pleasure/reward centre which shuts of stress. Spinal motion also helps calm the stress centres of the brain. Even just the touch of a hand on your body starts shutting down stress.
No pain killer can do any of the above.

What if you can’t get to a chiropactor or osteopath?

Try simple breathing techniques.
There are a number of simple ones to try. Start with making your in breath the same length of time as your out breath. Try this for ten breaths.
Next try making your out breath twice as long as your in breath. This should help relax your nervous system

Put Stress Reduction Techniques into Youtube as a search term and see what comes up. There are hundreds of useful tips there.

Hertfordshire Chiropractor Chris Pickard has recently released a number of stress reduction tips on video.

You can watch the first Breathing technique on his website, just click the link – Stress Reduction Techniques

Headache Help From Hertfordshire Chiropractor

Headaches and migraines are a major pain in the neck.


Years of practice experience have taught Hertfordshire Chiropractor Chris Pickard that a majority of headaches are caused by curable neck problems.

The Hertfordshire Chiropractor has also found that some migraines have been misdiagnosed and are also due to neck problems rather than vascular ones.

There are many types of headaches, the most common being ‘tension headaches’ which are the most likely to have spinal causes.

As the stress and tension of poor posture builds up in the neck it causes the shoulders, and the muscles at the back of the head to tense up. These muscles can then cause headaches in a number of ways. One is they directly refer pain to the head. Another is that they can pinch nerves going over the top of the head called the occipital nerves.

Massage can then relieve tension in the muscles and therefore ease the headaches.

If you have had headaches for a long time though it is likely that the neck joints themselves have become stiff. This means that while massage may relieve the headache, it does not work for long, or maybe not at all. The only way to get these joints moving again is with specific chiropractic adjustments.

Once the joints are moving again, corrective exercises can be given.

If the repeated stress in the muscles is caused by more emotional tension then relaxation techniques and other coping strategies will be needed, but chiropractic will help even these as it can help ‘turn off’ the stress receptors in the brain.

There are of course other causes of headaches other than neck problems that are also curable. These include jaw misalignments, nutritional deficiencies and poor breathing patterns. You can find more details about these on the website of Hertfordshire Chiropractor Chris Pickard –

Even if you have tried chiropractic or osteopathy before, it could be worth calling the Pain relief Centre to see what they think.

Hertfordshire Chiropractor Treats Stress

Stress is recognised as a leading cause of many chronic illnesses and ‘sick days’ costing the NHS and UK business billions of pounds a year. Stress is linked to back pain, neck pain, headaches, heart disease and cancer, destroying people’s mental and physical health.

Although stress can be avoided, many times we have to learn to adapt to it, and there are tools and strategies to lessen its impact on your health.

Most cope with today’s chronic stress related illnesses with medication, but in reality all this does is supress symptoms rather than cure the problem. This will mean over time another set of stress symptoms shows up and gets treated with further medication.

Understanding stress will help you find a better way.

There are three basic casues of stress – physical, chemical and emotional. I won’t go into details here, there is more information on our main website (www.the

No matter what causes your stress, the results are the same physiological changes in the body, including increased blood pressure, increased cholesterol, increased blood clotting, immune suppression, decreased memory and concentration.

The way our body would naturally correct stress is by movement – by either running away from the stress, or fighting it.

This is why no matter what form of stress is effecting you – physical, chemical or emotional – exercise will help.

There are two main reasons. First exercise literally burns up the stress hormones. Second, movement stimulates the ‘anti-stress’ part of the brain, and so switches of the stress part.

This is where chiropractic comes in. Most of the movement ‘input’ into the brain should come from correct spinal movement. The problem is that many, if not most, people today spend too mauch time sitting, which means little daily spinal motion.

On a daily basis this means fewer ‘anti-stress’ signals sent to the brain, and this gets worse over time as the spine stiffens from inactivity. This means that even when you do exercise, because the spine is stiff, you will not get the full benefits to the brain.

The lucky people are the ones who get neck or back pain that then seek the help of a chiropractor. Hertfordshire Chiropractor Chris Pickard took note that many people comming for pain treatment also experienced a greater feeling of wellbeing and a greater ability to cope with stress.

Getting your spine checked for stiffness, even if you have no pain, could play an important part in keeping the negative effects of stress from harming you.

Hertfordshire Chiropractor Chris Pickard also teaches ‘spinal hygiene’ exercises and breathing techniques, along with advice on nutrition and wellness coaching to ensure your ‘anti-stress’ signals are strong.

There are more tips for beating stress (including a magic coffee) on the Pain Relief Centres website.

The Pain Relief Centre is Hertfordshire’s leading holisitc chiropractic clinic.

EPIC Health, It Can Be Yours

EPIC Health Can Be Yours

Wellness coaching is beginning to appear more regularly, but very often in relation to selling just one brand of products.  True wellness and health coaching should focus on finding the best way for you.  This is why I plan to have my EPIC Health coaching site up by March 2015.

I have started some videos and audios for you to start.

Only 1 in 10,000 people die of old age.  What do the rest die of?

What is health?

How can you improve your health in just 7 min 41 seconds a day?

All will be revealed. You can start your health journey by watching the video (and commenting on Youtube)

The Best Natural Sunblock

Astaxanthin – A Natural Way To Block The Sun

Astaxanthin, for its pronunciation watch the video, has many uses, but what I mainly discuss here today is its use as a Sunblock.

It is not something that you rub on your skin, it is a pill you take that protects you at a much deeper level.  It also helps give you a great complexion, and makes your tan last longer…


How to be a Healthy Gardener

Gardening Warm Up Exercises

This coming week in the UK is National Gardening Week and Chiropractic Awareness Week at the same time, so it seems quite a good idea to share some tips to prevent gardening related injuries.

gardening exercises

The most common problem faced by gardeners is back ache following prolonged poor posture.  This is why it is important to practice spinal mobility exercises regularly – also known as spinal hygiene.


Before you even go out gardening you should perform a series of pre-gardening warm-ups which you can learn here – Gardening Exercise

What You Need To Know About Glutathione and Skin Health

A bit American shmultzy this video, but it’s short, to the point and gives you the facts about why you want to boost glutathione levels with particular regards for the skin.

Dr Neil Barnard MD – Preventing Alzheimer’s and Raising your Glutathione

power foods for the brain” 

One of the keys to brain helath is keeping your glutahtione levels high. Please share this video.

How to Raise Glutathione

Raising Glutathione Levels

I know I’ve covered this before but I wanted to draw your attention to the new press release I put together on the subject.

Please like it and share it : How to Raise Glutathione

And keep you eye out for some exciting news on a new supplement coming to the UK soon.

If Stress is the Cause of Your Illness, Try The Alpha-Stim

Is Stress the Cause of Your Fibromyalgia, Back Pain, Insomnia etc?

While researching the effects of Alpha Brain Waves on health, I came across a useful little device called an Alpha-Stim that can do in a few minutes what would normally take years of meditation and relaxation.

I’m always skeptical when some new ‘miracle’ pops up with wide-sweeping claims to help with everything from addictions to excruciating back pain, but when it is endorsed by a top UK doctor I’ll take a closer look.


Is stress causing your illness

I have more information on this at Brain Based Wellness and Is Stress The Cause of Your Fibromyalgia

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