Effects of Stress and Trauma
As a result of everyday stress and overwhelming situations, the body will respond to some degree,
with a fight, flight or freeze response. This reaction has short term survival value by returning us to emotional and or physical safety. However, when
the body's attempt is unsuccessful in returning to
calmnesss, the resulting muscle tension from the stress reaction remains activated.
If the body can't release the tension from repeated stressful or traumatic experiences, symptoms of exhaustion, anxiety, depression, shallow breathing, tight muscles, panic, agitation, irritability, memory loss, difficulty sleeping, and/or addictive behaviors may result.
The neurogenic tremors calm the central nervous system’s automated and hyper-aroused fight, flight or freeze response by creating muscle contraction and relaxation. This releases the built up energy and tension held in the muscles and connective tissues of the body. While this shaking is the body’s innate response to calm down the body when it is traumatized or overexcited, it is often seen as a sign of weakness and therefore suppressed, leaving the body held in a chronically stressed and tense state.