… If someone can‘t or just inadequately relax, tension remains. Tension is increasingly spreading, which is also noticeable in postural damage and movement restrictions. Muscular pain calls attention to the threat of destruction – including the danger to the joints. Put under the constant tension, muscles and tendons also affect the bones and joints to which they are connected: they are subjected to unusual, damaging stresses and strains due to tension and pressure. The mechanical destruction of the joints, which at a later stage also causes the inflammation of the synovial membrane and the surrounding tissue, is a possible consequence (as mentioned at point 1).
Some people, in turn, tense their muscles as well and can lift, for example, the heavy water bucket. Everyone can then see and feel they’re tense and they’re contracted muscles as clearly as anyone else. However, they consciously or unconsciously leave their larger muscles much more relaxed under stress than many of their fellow human beings.
Doing so won’t necessarily mean for them to stay healthier. They’ll just get sick differently. Because no matter how much more relaxed their bigger muscles may be: tension builds up in them as well. When they’re tensed and as a direct response to stress muscle and tendon cells, which transmit the impulses for movement, for the application of force or silent persistence will contract on bones and joints.
Their joints suffer from overloading stimuli, such as the unusual pressure and pull off the contracting tendon and muscle cells connected to them, without causing noticeably strained muscles or connective tissue. The direct inflammation of the synovial membrane (without the previous mechanical destruction of the affected joint) is a possible consequence of such a small-scale overload of the joint (as mentioned in point 2).
So the lesson is clear: Everyone can develop a stress-related RA. But not everyone does. That is because usually most of us reach enough peace and relaxation in their everyday life so that every bit of dangerous tension is reduced very soon to an individual level. Tension then doesn‘t become a continuous habit and on fast and strongly overburdening situations, a sufficient discharge follows. All of this leads to the fact that the individual can stay somewhere below his maximum load even under pressure. Another reason for people to stay healthy is, of course, active training in such techniques as the Autogenic Training which can (not must) prevent the outbreak of the most stress-related diseases. But often enough the huge amount of the people who haven‘t gotten RA know little or nothing about where their health descendes from.
Also, each of us individually responds to pleasant or unpleasant sensations with the tension and relaxation of different muscle and connective tissue parts.
As a result, in some of us, creativity, action, thought, and emotion finds their strongest expression in the posture and movement, the body language of the different body parts. To some expression of the inner movements is done best with hands, arms, and shoulders; to others, with the head, the lower back, the neck, the bladder, the feet… and so much so that one can say: “one expresses oneself, one thinks and feels, one also reacts with them”. They are the place of the strongest physical expression of each of our ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Even if we have learned to hide that to a large extent, we subsequently will express ourselves through them.
The effect of the HeilÜben shows that depending on how far we reach the actual relaxation of our so soft and relaxed appearing muscles and tendons and also abolish any given wrong postures, the inflammatory and thus destructive process goes back in the joints and with it the inflammatory pain.
If we manage to permanently get below our upper limit of the burden, the stress-related rheumatoid arthritis heals.
The more we continue to reduce our overload, the further we get below our upper limit.
The farther we get below our upper limit, the less quickly encumbrances will turn into overloading burdens, which can cause a variety of diseases.
From my own experience (in an everyday life without immediate social or natural catastrophes) such overload-induced rheumatoid arthritis is completely healable because we can stop many strains from overloading us, prevent them or deal with stress differently than before.
The stress-related rheumatoid arthritis casually is not much more than a tension overload in response to the sensation of distress that again causes stress.
Thereby tension has become a habit. One uses it to handle unpleasantries and own uncertainties. With excessive tension, which is then to be found in the sequence in the entire everyday life:
-> in rest and on the move, using force, speed, stamina, coordination
-> as a response to certain events and
-> in expectation of certain events.
In the programme of the HeilÜben stress-related rheumatoid arthritis is simultaneously considered as:
• an expression of the whole person,
• the visible peak of the iceberg from strains due to some very specific bad habits and
• as a perceived personal physical reality. It means another overload, works again through the same bad habits and gets retained through them (chronic course)
Otherwise, we would in an attempt to get rid of the whole thing merely work on the peak of the iceberg.
Everyone affected by RA knows very well about their pain, movement restrictions and possibly also deformations.
However, the habituation to the excessive tension of the own body usually still prevents the person concerned from recognizing precisely that this excessive tension actually is the very cause of his complaints and subsequently helping himself.
So one could wonder:
“Why does rheumatoid arthritis occur to me?”
“Why is it spreading to larger areas?”
“Why is it so continuously respectively occurring in phases?“
“Where do the other complaints come from?”
“How do I get rid of the RA?”
Anyone who is in pain suffers from injury or inflammation needs the appropriate healing knowledge. If it is a minor or greater affliction, which according to our existing knowledge we can classify as curable, such as a cold, a cut in the finger, a broken arm, an intolerance reaction, we provide as soon as possible for the elimination of the harmful cause and dedicate ourselves to our healing. Depending on this, we can take on our healing completely or partially. We have a plan, are optimistic and trust our actions.
On the contrary, will anything that torments us, without us being able to develop the prospect or certainty of a remedy, make us perplexed and anxious. Perplexed and anxious as we feel when a chronic inflammatory process in our own body begins to affect our lives.
That something goes wrong we‘ll then quickly note in terms of pain and damage. So one looks for help to heal and get medical diagnoses and remedies for the suppression of pain and symptoms. This way life becomes more of disease management than a healing path. The disease appears unpredictable, uncontrollable with the means that you have yourself.
In terms of healing, one resigns more and thus becomes convinced: “I can‘t do it, no one can do it, it is impossible.”
Additionally, the usual inclusion of consequential damages to the term of the disease itself is confusing.
The HeilÜben distinctions between the disease itself and its possible consequential damage. Healing means in the HeilÜben that the destructive chronic inflammatory process eventually comes to an end.
From our own experience, from our observation within our limits, the strongest forms of conviction grow.
That’s the kind of belief that makes you sure you know and not just believe.
If it is considered impossible to heal, then in addition to the disease, there is one more problem from this point on Healing efforts now appear meaningless for a “good reason.”
To prevent this point of view from becoming a point of ending effort to heal, the orientation on the desired healing helps.
As long as it is not reached, one is on the lookout and also has to endure grief and insecurities.
The key question is again and again: “Is my knowledge or the knowledge of others enough to heal me?”
Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get.
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Stray Sayings verse 163
The stress-related rheumatoid arthritis is a crisis. It can be both a chance for healing as well as a very personal rat race. I know both from my own experience. Disease suffering can sharpen the gaze for essentials and bring about a more intense experience. This is the chance we get out of the rheumatoid arthritis crisis.
Due to the inflammatory pain the stress, the tension, and the overload can become more obvious to us and thus more changeable.
This is one way to improve our overall body perception.
It helps to know in everyday life which sensation indicates overload and which does not: “Do I feel excessive tension right now, or can I continue with the stretching exercises in my workout even if they are not always pleasant?”
As long as this opportunity remains unused, many sufferers as I in the absence of another solution, but drugs as a steady companion hazard the consequences.
And because rheumatoid arthritis is far from everything that makes a man, even a life despite rheumatoid arthritis can be considered useful and satisfying.
This can lead to the momentous attempt to integrate the disease as a „normal“ part of one’s life.
You get used to it. You adjust yourself. You rationalize: I already do/did everything possible. My actions are reasonable. It’s the only, right and best thing I can do in my situation.
Then resignation follows close by: “Rheumatoid arthritis can not be healed.” And there we go: Welcome to the very own rat race.
That life is valuable and useful with rheumatoid arthritis is not the question here.
But the HeilÜben is about how healing is possible.
Personalizing the own life with rheumatoid arthritis is a landmark in the downward spiral of physical decline.
Because it doesn‘t stay at status quo.
To maintain our abilities, we need daily training for our minds as well as our bodies.
Since our physical abilities, our sensations and movements are essential for the preservation of our mental fitness; their restriction accordingly decreases our mental ability to control ourselves.
And this effect will occur even with specialised training, which is aimed at the preservation of the momentary (diminished in the event of illness) performance.
If we are burdened by illness and medication, this does not diminish at some point, but immediately reduces our efficiency and thus our future chances.
Helplessness due to rheumatoid arthritis, muscle atrophy, osteoporosis, effects of various drugs continue to restrict the body and mind and thus also favor dementia and Alzheimer’s.
It’s not just the state I’m in right now that has to be my highest drive to change, but what is about to come.
Most effectively, we can prevent helplessness and reduce the risk of injury through a healthy lifestyle.
For example, by training for effortless and unrestricted mobility, speed, and endurance, we also demand our minds and mental faculties.
One thing affects the other.
The less stressed from diseases and medicines, our body is, the better a healthy motion is possible.
The healing of stress-related rheumatoid arthritis contributes significantly to this.
This does not just mean that when the pain, inflammation and chronic course ends, everything is the same as before because it was this „before“ which led to the disease.
The healing up brings an expanded understanding of ourselves with it. We learn more about our physique and our psychological concerns and the ways on which they affect relaxation and tension.
If we can positively influence our relaxation and our energy use, this has a beneficial effect on the body, soul, and spirit, protects and strengthens.
This is the basic understanding you need for effective and healthy training. If this basic understanding is missing, even athletes can overload themselves and get sick.