Tricks to Relieve Stress and Promote Sleep Due to Poked Nerves
This article describes what a poked nerve is, what happens to your body when you get stressed, and how your stress can poke different locations of your nerves. Poked nerves can occur due to many factors, the case caused by stress is a simple one but can delineate the major stages of how the blockage occurs.
At the end of the article I present the practice to untangle the Stress Responsive Muscles that depress the superficial nerves. They are the nerves that may have made you difficult to sleep, not enthusiastic about doing something, making you restless, moreover—poked nerves may mask your face to look a bit unusual.
Why do you feel tired when you are done engaging with your stressor. Why when we get stressed, we feel something uncomfortable in our body and mind.
You must have experienced stress. I believe, each of you has marked what causes your stress. But do you know how the effects of stress develop into an issue for your body and mind, it can even persist and lead to serious health problems.
Every time you engage with the cause of your stress, there are muscles contracting in your body. This is the answer to the first question in the first paragraph of the introduction. You know that if you have been using your muscles for some time then you will feel tired.
Stress-Responsive Muscles are self-explanatory, I use this term to refer to the muscles that respond whenever a person engages with a stressor. These muscles have responded to your stress in the past, and they will also react to your future stress. Therefore it is important for you to be aware of your Stress-Responsive Muscles.
You may think it is easy to find muscles that contract during stress. Yes this is easy, because what you find are generally the muscles that respond to stress in the back of the neck, in the shoulders, the muscles in the hands, feet and fingers. But wait, those are the muscles that connect the bones and make them move, so you can easily find them.
We have other types of muscles. There are muscles that connect the bones to the skin, this is the type of muscle that is in the head. Apart from the facial location, the contraction of the muscles at the top, sides and back of your head often go unnoticed. These are the muscles with nerves that I address here that you can relax from the surface.
In addition, we also have smooth muscle, this type is found deep under the skin and in the walls of organs. One example of smooth muscle tension that you may have experienced is the tight feeling in your stomach when you are under stress.
Smooth muscle movements are under involuntary control, their movements can be triggered by hormones, nerve stimulation and local factors. That being said, the practice of transmitting neural signals in an ancient skill could move some of them. Ok, this is weird, but please, don’t make a judgment until you’ve proven it yourself.
Muscles that react to stressors can be striated or smooth muscles, and the muscles that contract can put pressure on your nerves. For this situation I use the term poked nerves, so that you are not confused with the pinched nerve.
A location of a muscle where there is a collection of nerves if poked will cause discomfort to the point that it disturbs the body and even your mind. This answers the second question in the introductory paragraph above.
Poked nerves do not get as strong pressure as they do on pinched nerves, there are even poked nerve locations that you may not be aware of. This type of poke has untouched locations, it is buried deep under the skin, and can only be reached by transmitting methods.
Those of you who do not learn Tradskill can alleviate this type of disturbance, but indirectly. You do it from the surface of your skin. Although this method is not as sophisticated, and does not directly reach deep locations, but it is very effective. The trick is through the scalp, this technique is described at the end of this page.
How do you get your nerves poked?
You already know that tense muscles can poke nerves. Let’s look back to identify how it happened.
When you get stressed there are muscles that respond, and normally these muscles will return to the state before they responded. The problem begins to manifest when the response of the muscles is repeated in the same location and prolonged, this condition can lead to tension. Tension in one location of the body creates a situation of “congestion” which further impedes the communication of the nervous system and the supply of nutrients there.
Prolonged muscle response does not always occur due to stress. This discussion describes the types of poked nerves that are caused by stress, however, there are actually many causes that can poke your nerves or even lock them up. Overwork, illness, allergies, aging, or even a simple flu and poor posture can create poked nerves that disturb your body and mind.
A wrong posture that continues for some time can cause muscle tension. It is not strange that sitting or sleeping can make some of your nerves depressed if you maintain the wrong position.
When you always use the same muscles to do your job then there is a chance that some of your nerves will be poked. Check this out if you are a person who works at a computer with a lot of use of the mouse in your right hand: straighten your right and left hands forward, then tense all the muscles in your right and left hands. Look at the tips of your fingers, you may find that part of your right hand shakes more than the left.
Muscles that only partially contract in one part of the body, and then hold for some time have the potential to put pressure on a nerve. So don’t be surprised if after you linger in an unbearably cold room, you feel sore in your shoulders and back. Actually, even from exercise, you can get pressure on the nerves if you do it excessively or with the wrong posture.
Let's put the theory to the test
Well now the interesting part: you prove it yourself. On the inner side of the eyebrow (the side near the bridge of the nose) there is a lump that you can feel on your finger if you press on it.
Alright, now press the point with the tip of your index finger, poke quite firmly and deeply until your finger can feel the skull bone under the eyebrow. If the point you poke is right—you will feel discomfort at the point where you poked. If you are still curious, you can hold the poke for a few minutes, you will feel vaguely and slowly the discomfort spread to the sides and back of your head.
Poked Nerves mask your beauty
What you do in the test above is you press one of the nerve points on your face, it is one of the facial nerves that can be compromised when you get stressed. Once you recognize the feel, imagine if the poke lasted for days, months or even years. The poked nerves make you withstand the discomfort, and this will be reflected in the look on your face.
A stressed nerve point in the facial area can create a chain reaction in other facial muscles. You’re going to see for yourself in the following example.
Repeat the above test to see the effect on your face. Poke your finger deeper on the inner side of your left eyebrow. After pressing for about 10 seconds then feel the effect on other areas of your face. Does your right eyebrow muscle contract gradually? Do you feel tension in your jaw muscles?
Now look at your face in the mirror. You will see your face express restrained discomfort. Your eyelids weaken and your eyes look sleepy, but conversely, your eyebrows furrow slightly, and your jaw tightens. You see, are you as appealing as before? Have you recently seen any of your friends with such expressions? Don’t worry, if it’s directly related to superficial nerves then you can work around it with the practice at the end of this page.
Well, that’s just a direct effect on the face, but imagine what that feeling will give to your mind, not to mention the physical effects that the depressed nerves give to the body systems that are connected to that point.
You know that the nervous system is a communication network in the body, they can lead to other parts of your body. Wow, imagining that is quite frustrating.
Nerves at a point lead to certain body systems
Most people who are under stress can get muscle contractions in the same locations, however, there may be certain locations that are unique to each person. As a result, the sensitive nerves that are depressed in each person can come from different body locations. This may explain why stress can cause each person to have different consequences, both physically and mentally.
A location of Stress-Responsive Muscles can put pressure on the nerves leading to your digestion. Other locations put a block on the nerves to your respiratory system. Then a poke at another nerve location has the potential to limit the supply of nutrients to your reproductive system. We have not just three body systems, you know that if we have more, they all have the potential to get problems due to poked nerves.
A collection of nerves that exists at one point in the body if poked briefly will not cause a problem, but if prolonged then it may become a serious condition. So being aware of your Stress-Responsive Muscles and immediately relaxing them is an important anticipation. It’s like putting out a flame from the beginning before it grows into a fire.
Self-Responsive Muscles in the Head
As mentioned before, the muscles in the head are special, because they connect the skull directly to the skin, without movable joints. With a character like this, I guess many people are less aware if there are tense muscles or even muscles that have become stiff in their head.
Another uniqueness of the head muscles is that there are many nerve points close to the central nervous system. Scientists claim that the nerves in the scalp are connected to the nerves of sense organs, the parotid gland, and have branches to the vagus nerves. In contrast, according to experts who practiced medicine in China centuries ago, there are several meridian points on the head that affect the organ systems.
Most of the muscles in our head are in the facial area. This section is relatively easy for you to detect if there are tense muscles, such as muscles in the eyebrows, under the eyes, cheeks and in the mouth. In the eyebrow muscle test above, you have proven that the stress-responsive muscles in the face are mutually affecting each other.
The scalp, on the other hand, has only a few muscles on the side of the head and on the back of the head near the nape, the rest are tendons. However, the tense muscles in the face affect the muscles and nerves in the scalp. In the first test above, you have also proven how your facial muscles affect the muscles, tendons and nerves in your scalp.
Considering the above facts, you will understand why in the practice below you untangle the stress-responsive muscles through the scalp. This is great, because you don’t have to mess up your face.
Before that I need you to do one more test:
- Close your eyes, place the top knuckle on your thumb on the top side of your head. Gently press your knuckles against your scalp until they press gently against your skull, you will feel a slight itching feeling like there is a light bruise.
- Then while pressing gently move your knuckle up to the top of your forehead (slightly past the hair area)
- Open your eyes
Do you feel good with this movement? If you agree, then I say that it is not the maximum pleasure, because your knuckle also pulls some of your hair. Therefore you will use a tool for the practice below.
There are a lot of scalp massagers out there, but we use a special tool that has a single tip—therefore both the direction and target of the massage is more controlled. The tool we use does not vibrate, the use of prolonged vibrations in the head may interfere with the motion of the signal inside—there is a lot of neural activity in your heads. We use a tool with a relatively thick tip, so that repeated massages do not scratch the scalp.
The tool you use is a spoon. Not just any spoon, but a melamine spoon with the shape shown in the attached image.
Skip metal, wood, mineral stone or plastic—only use melamine. The reason is that melamine spoon is the slickest if it glides against the scalp and does not pull your hair. And most importantly, it is not sharp at the corners, nor is it abrasive. So if you use it properly then it is the material that is least likely to hurt you.
Plastic (polypropylene) is a bit similar to melamine, although the corners look smooth but there is still leftover plastic on the sides, so if you slide it on the skin there is a sharp feeling. In addition, plastic friction causes more static electricity that quickly creates heat on the skin, and also leaves your hair repelling each other.
Gliding vs finger massage
Gliding on the scalp is a way of massaging the scalp on the practice below. This method gives different results than massaging the scalp with your fingers. Massaging with fingers is more comfortable when someone is doing it for you, however, fingers cannot touch the sensory nerves in the scalp in detail.
Gliding, on the other hand, can perform a trace massage on the scalp without breaking. With the glide of the tip that is precisely sized and dense, this method can hit the sensory nerves in the scalp in more detail, making it effective and producing more flavor. Furthermore, the gliding can move smoothly without pulling your hair, so it does not compromise your comfort.
- Make sure there are no cuts or bruises on your scalp.
- If you have a blood-clotting problem or a blood disease do not use this technique.
- Choose a melamine spoon like the image, if you do not have it, delay the practice until you buy a new one.
- Spoon handle thickness = about 5 millimeters
- Use a melamine spoon with a semi-circular handle tip, not a U-tipped one
- Check the sides of the melamine spoon for any sharp material residue there, if any, smooth it out.
- Massage your scalp with the tip of the spoon handle, and the part that moves forward is the thin side.
Gliding On Scalp
Below are descriptions of the gliding sequence and direction :
# Touch the tip of the spoon handle to your scalp gently, you can add a little pressure to adjust to your comfort.
1. Start the gliding massage from the back of the head in a bottom-up direction. You can start the glide from the left or right side. You can repeat it several times.
2. Area 2 is the junction between the back side and the top side of the head. Glide this area according to the direction in the image.
3. The middle part of area 3 (the crown) has similar characteristics to area 2, this part gives an intense feeling when you are suffering from illness, stress and lack of sleep. When it gives a strong bruising feel—do not press it, just gently glide a massage onto it.
4. Close your eyes when massaging the side head area, as this will give you more pleasure. You will find uneven spots above your earlobes when gliding, give more massage to that area.
5. Area 5 is the expansion area of the border between the top of the head and the forehead, the width of this area is about 7 cm. This part is the sweet spot that stimulates sleep the most. Close your eyes while enjoying the massage here.
6. In area 6 you use the bowl side of the melamine spoon (see the spoon image). For your forehead use the top side of the bowl to slide from the top of the forehead to the line before the eyebrows. The temple is the exception, it is a soft spot, exclude this area from massage. Do not overdo it if you do the forehead area in the office, because massage in the facial area can cause redness when there are tense muscles.
7. The back of the head gets gliding once again, this time in a top-down direction.
8. The eyebrow area is a prominent bone above the eye that is covered by the eyebrows. For areas 8 and 9: use the top or the side of the bowl part of the melamine spoon to massage the muscles behind the eyebrows. If this part is too dry then smear a little baby oil on it, so the massage glides smoothly. Apply pressure in this area more gently than in other areas, and do not overdo it. Six times gliding is enough.
9. Mostly you do not need to massage this spot as it does not give a notable feel. You massage this area when you get tension in the muscles around your eyes, when you feel tired in your eyes but can not sleep soundly. Those are the moments to massage the area that will give benefits and intense feel. When your eye muscles are stressed, massaging this part quickly creates redness on your skin , so do not over-massage it if you are outside your home.
After you finish all the massage sequences above, how about it? Do you feel comfortable and relaxed? Do you see the world brighter than before? If so, congratulations!
Those are all the gliding massages that will relieve muscle tension and superficial nerves in your scalp. The effect you will immediately feel is the relaxation of tension in your head and body, and this will greatly help restore your sleep problems.
Well, you have found a way to untangle tension from the surface of your body, however, there are disturbances deep beneath the skin that can only be unraveled from inside the body. This technique will provide relaxation with unique senses, able to perform various tasks, and in a more sophisticated way. You not only unravel the tangles more completely but you can replenish the supply of nutrients there. Stay energized and see you in the next article.
Author, practitioner of Tradskill, founder of XsisCode.
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