In more serious cases where our whole being could be in danger the brain signals the body to go into the
'Fight or Flight' mode. This is the state where our body is made ready to either stand and fight the danger
or to flee. In this state non-critical functions, like digestion, are shut down. Blood and oxygen are directed
to critical functions like respiration and muscles.
Our awareness changes. Instead of focusing on all our surroundings, giving us the 'Big Picture', our
awareness becomes a pinpoint beacon on the threat in front of us.
The 'Fight or Flight' mode is an important survival tool for all animals. For humans it is a part of our
primal, intuitive side. It allows us to run away from a bear attacking us, for instance.
The down side to the 'Fight or Flight' mode is that it can get triggered in any stressful situation. For
example sitting at your desk trying to complete a project with a deadline looming. In this case our
awareness is on the computer screen in front of us. We tune out our body which allows us to slip into
Our large muscles become tight, ready to spring into action, to fight or flee. Unfortunately our body
doesn't make a distinction between the project deadline and being chased by a bear. A threat is a threat.
As we sit at our desk with increasingly tightened muscles we are often unaware of the tension building in
our bodies because our awareness has been heightened to focus on the problem in front of us. It is often
later when we get up from the desk that we realize we are in pain or have limited flexibility.
An example from my own experience helped drive this point home to me.
I was driving back home from Colorado on the interstate, pulling a small camping trailer. The trailer began
to weave back and forth, becoming difficult to control. I finally got slowed down and pulled off to the side.
The trailer had a flat tire. I found the spare but discovered the tire iron for the car wouldn't fit the trailer
wheel. I didn't remember having a separate tire iron for the trailer and it took awhile to locate that.
As I changed the tire on the shoulder most cars were pulling over to the left lane to give me space but
many stayed in the right lane, flying by, a few feet away, at 75 mph. This was indeed a stressful situation.
When I was finally done putting the spare on and was packing the tools up I noticed blood from a fairly
large gash on top of my head. I had evidently hit my head on something while changing the tire. The
remarkable thing was that I had no memory of receiving such a large injury. I was so intensely focused on
the emergency in front of me that I had tuned out my body to the point of not recognizing pain.
Many of us can spend so much of our time in the 'Fight or Flight' mode, due to a variety of stressful
situations, that we fall into patterns of discomfort that become stuck.
Ortho-Bionomy can help.
Ortho-Bionomy brings awareness back to the body, the awareness that we tend to lose during our
stressful actives. By gently showing the body what it is doing the bodies self-balancing reflexes can take
over and return us to comfort and balance.
For more information, including conditions Ortho-Bionomy can help with, see the Ortho-Bionomy FAQ on
The Healing Connection website.
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Fight Or Flight - Natures Way
Of Preparing Us For Danger
By Ric Chamberlin, LMT
What happens during injury or stress?
Our body does a great job of protecting us and
making us ready to face stressful or dangerous
situations. When our body perceives danger, or
the threat of injury, this information is sent to the
brain. The brain sends messages back to the
body to make adjustments to protect us. For
example, if you trip and twist your ankle this is
perceived as a threat to the body. The muscles
around the ankle tighten to immobilize the ankle
and protect it from a broken bone.