What is Stress?

WHAT IS STRESS :  Stress can be explained as a nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it which could result in interfering with one’s wellness.   Symptoms of stress can be things like a rise in the blood pressure, release of hormones, quick breathing, muscle tightening, sweating and increase in cardiac activity.  Stress is not all negative.  Stress can help us by keeping us motivated and alert.   Too much stress however, may trigger problems with mental and physical health, particularly if left over a prolonged period of time.

What is “Stress Relief”?   –  Anything that relieves the stresses of our daily lives, such as relaxation or even meditation, can help.

The medical scientist – Hans Selye was the first to use the “stress” in connection with a picture of health wellness.  His theory tells us that when the body has a reaction to stress, it creates an “alarm” response.

This “alarm” response means that your body is in good shape to react accordingly to any given stressor, and act appropriately and effectively to ways that relieve the stress.  If the stress continues however without relief then an “adaption” state may result.  This means we come to learn to accommodate or adjust to the symptoms of stress.  This can mean we become more tolerant to the stressor and basically “learn to live with it”.

If we continue to just “live with it” for even longer, an “exhaustion” state is created that may lead to a considerably weakened system.  This alarm/adaption/exhaustion model fits all forms of stress, whether physical, mental or emotional.   Reducing the stress is the key to well-being.  Relaxation helps, but we often do not know where the stressors may lie hiding in the adapted or exhausted states of physical, mental and emotional.

With the help of the SCIO Biofeedback system, we can painlessly and non- invasively look at reactions to common stressors and begin to piece the picture together.

The biofeedback experience is relaxing, soothing and beneficial.    Some of the effects felt from a biofeedback session may include –

  • Ability to relax more quickly
  • Deeper states of relaxation during sleep
  • Easier to fall asleep and stay asleep
  • Stress and hypertension reduction
  • General Health and Wellness Improved
  • Increase in calmness and peacefulness
  • Reduced feelings of anger
  • Reduced feelings of fearfulness
  • Anxiety may be reduced
  • Mental clarity enhancement
  • Concentration and memory enhancement
  • Heightened muscle mobility
  • Less attention to pain and stressors
  • Increase ability to manage stress or pain


Biofeedback comes in various forms and is used by a variety of practitioners such as Psychologists, MD, Dentists, Chiropractors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Naturopaths, Vets and Natural Health practitioners and many others.