… As I mentioned before 1994 during the medical examination typical findings for rheumatoid arthritis were made. The diagnosis was: onset of severe rheumatoid arthritis with an aggressive course,
But by reference to an autoimmune disease, the question of why my body reacted this way couldn’t be answered.
My own experiences with RA led me to the view on stress-related rheumatoid arthritis as a degenerative disease (caused and maintained by a lack of sound movement combined with overburdening tension of muscles and connective tissue) of the locomotory system.
Out of them my view on stress-related rheumatoid arthritis emerged.
Unpleasantries such as insecurity, overextension, mental underload, pain, sorrow, mistreatment, injury, disease, bad posture, tension, coordination difficulties, anxiety, feelings of shame and guilt, unpleasant prospects and expectations, etc., cause negative physical, emotional and mental stress.
Environmental influences such as electrosmog, polluted drinking water, bad air, fertilizer and drug residues, noise and dust can cause stress as well as malnutrition or hate, envy, violence, emotional coldness, personal incomprehension etc.
Stress means tension.
In contrast to all situations in which we are not stressed and only use the necessary force in our body movement and use the appropriate muscular tension after the movement mostly spontaneously and even uncontrolled *) to use body language and/or fight through a variety of situations, run away or remain motionless to cope or to prepare for them.
Imagine you being healthy and lifting a heavy bucket of water to carry it around. Our tensed muscles are then clearly visible. On our forearms, for instance. Experience tells us that we can sense this tension very well both from the in- and the outside. Others, too, can easily feel our tensed muscles and our entire effort. Our muscles, which we brace to lift and hold the bucket, are then shorter and harder than in a relaxed state. The same applies to the tendons, which are connected to our bones and joints.
Now imagine putting the water bucket down again. By experience, we know that the muscles that we just braced before relax after work. They are now softer again and go – their normal rest position corresponding – back to normal length. The same goes for our tendons. We feel “relieved” in the truest sense of the word.
The better we achieve a dynamic change between exercise and relaxation, stress and relief, the healthier we are!
That‘s the way it usually should go. But if we wouldn‘t relieve our muscles from their tension after putting the water bucket down, or if we kept on holding the water bucket for too long until the end of our strength, we would feel a marked burning or tearing pain and would start trembling until the muscles involved finally failed us. In such and similar situations we can observe how our actions can cause pain and hurt.
The less the things in our lives are accompanied by particularly strong sensations, pleasurable ones, pain, great effort, and heavy effort, the less attention we pay to them.
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