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The Relationship Between Stress and Symptoms of MS in Women

June 08, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 82

Do women who have experienced childhood trauma and have a stressful job or home life have a greater chance of exhibiting symptoms of MS in women? That was the question posed by researchers of earlier decades which was apparently refuted by new findings. Is there any link at all? Maybe, maybe not.

MS Disease Research

Some time ago, research performed on female nurses who reported they had multiple sclerosis seemed to indicate that stress was a factor in developing symptoms of MS in women. The study looked at factors such as childhood physical and sexual abuse as well as adult stressors at work and at home. Over the course of these two landmark studies, a number of the female nurses developed multiple sclerosis. But was there a causal effect?

New findings from the University of Bergen in Norway suggest that these factors do not have a cause and effect relationship. Part of the problem with the research was that stress levels were self-reported, thereby making the stress assessments biased. Until future studies are performed it's not clear that there is a relationship between stress and the symptoms of MS and women or that, conversely, none exists.

Stress and MS Symptoms in Women

Aside from the cause and effect relationship of stress and MS symptoms in women, how could the tension and pressure of everyday life affect someone with multiple sclerosis?

We all know that stress is not healthy for anyone, at any time. And if you are a woman living with MS, you know that the disease itself causes additional strain and anxiety. This only makes the symptoms of MS in women worse because the muscles - already malfunctioning - tense up. Stress is also likely to cause headaches and stomachaches as well as more severe MS symptoms in women.

People living with multiple sclerosis usually have a very difficult time keeping proper posture. Add stress into the mix and it becomes nearly impossible to straighten the spine and feel balanced.

Dealing with Stress

The truth is, you must learn to relax. Of course, it's easier said than done. For women with MS, their bodies are already cramped and crunched and doing yoga stretches is difficult at best.

One thing that can help women suffering from MS disease is proper posture. Correct posture not only improves balance and relieves back pain, it allows the body's organs to be properly aligned, thereby helping nausea dissipate. And posture also has a mind connection; without proper alignment it's difficult to concentrate and think clearly.

So how can someone with multiple sclerosis stand or sit up straight? It's a lot easier with the help of a posture corrector garment. Back braces usually aren't comfortable or efficient, but a posture shirt that can be worn throughout the day, every day, have proven to be quite beneficial. They are especially helpful to promote body balance while exercising.

When it comes to relieving stress and the symptoms of MS in women, posture is a very effective yet overlooked therapy. If you're looking for a new treatment option for multiple sclerosis, try a posture corrector and see if this is an easy way for your body to look good and your mind to feel better.

Candy writes about the importance of proper posture and how Evidence Based Apparel can relieve pain and improve health on the EBA Posture Shirt blog. Visit the EBA Posture Website for a chance to win an amazing Posture Shirt for FREE! You can also read the amazing stories of people with MS, lower back and hip pain, sciatica, and even autism who have benefited from the EBA Posture Shirt.

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