Stress is defined by the Oxford dictionary as "a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances" and anxiety is defined as "a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome".
Under stress, the body releases neurotransmitters (such as adrenaline, noradrenaline, serotonin) and hormones such as cortisol in order to return the body back to a state of homeostasis. The other significant impact of stress is on changes in the immune response.
Patrick's presentation will revolve around gaining a thorough understanding of the anatomical and physiological responses to acute and chronic anxiety and the adverse impact on the body if these responses and in particular chronic anxiety is not dealt with. The other part of Patrick's presentation deals with management strategies such as massage techniques which have a beneficial impact on reducing these adverse responses.
Bradley's presentations will detail nutritional and herbal medicines which play a major role in the treatment of acute and chronic stress, as well as anxiety. Some of these roles and functions include antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cognitive, nerve conduction, immune modulating, regulation of vascular tone, and nervine.
In this seminar, you will develop knowledge, skills and confidence in managing acute and chronic stress. In addition, strategies will be discussed on how to improve clinical outcomes in patients with complex conditions. There will be a Q & A session for discussion with Bradley and Patrick regarding any general or specific questions. This seminar will be of benefit to practitioners and students in gaining an understanding of these conditions. For students, it will enhance their learning, and for practitioners, it will build upon the application of various natural therapy modalities in their clinical surroundings.
9:15-10:00 Anatomical and physiological effects of stress (anxiety) and the implications on the body (Part 1) (Patrick)
10:00-10:45 Nutritional medicine management of acute and chronic stress (Part 1) (Bradley)
10:45-11:15 Morning tea
11:15-11:45 Nutritional medicine management of acute and chronic stress (Part 2) (Bradley)
11:45-12:30 Anatomical and physiological effects of stress (anxiety) and the implications on the body (Part 2) (Patrick)
1:30-2:15 Herbal medicine management of acute and chronic stress (Part 1) (Bradley)
2:15-2:30 Short break - to gather questions
2:30-3:30 Management by employing massage techniques to reduce anxiety (Patrick)
3:30-4:00 Herbal medicine management of acute and chronic stress (Part 2) (Bradley)
4:00-4:15 Short break - to gather questions
4:15-4:45 Q & A discussion session (Patrick and Bradley)
4:45-5:00 Conclusion (Patrick and Bradley)