Source: Reflex Verlag
“Microcirculation and occupational burnout”
Dr. Monika Pirlet-Gottwald is a physician for naturopathy, nutritional medicine and occupational burnout counseling in Munich.
What makes women experience occupational burnout?
The demands of balancing family, career and personal life are very high. Oftentimes we are overwhelmed. There are no breaks, there is hardly any time for eating during the day, and we are forced to catch up with everything in the evening: too much, too difficult, too fast! It stays with us in the pit of our stomach through the night, it stresses the nerves, it disturbs sleep and regeneration.
What role does microcirculation play?
A big one – because it affects every cell in the body. Chronic stress restricts the blood supply in the network of small vessels, the microcirculation. The cells get too little oxygen, which our body needs in order to gain energy from nutrients. If there’s a lack of oxygen, there’s a lack of energy. Metabolic endproducts remain in the cells and tissues, causing gradual overacidification and inflammation of the vessels. The initial symptoms are stiff joints and aching muscles. The waste is not disposed of, the cells cannot regenerate, and they “burn out.” A vicious circle!
Prof. Schmidt appears as a scientific advisor at International Prevention Organization health events, such as conferences. – In your opinion, why does it make sense to establish a network on the topic of “physical vascular therapy”?
-And, finally, a question regarding your motivation: Why are you committed to the topic of “physical vascular therapy” and the creation of a network?
Schmidt: As the co-inventor of magnetic resonance imagining, physical procedures for diagnosis and treatment are very important to me. And, in any case, the supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells, tissues and organs via an intact vascular system is vital for health and performance. Systematic approaches are important in medicine as a counterpart to the current trend towards reductionism.
Schmidt: Establishing a task force would serve to focus the scientific community’s attention on innovative therapy approaches and enable them to be implemented quickly as a “translational medicine” to benefit affected patients.
What stimulates microcirculation?
Regular light movement – no sore muscles! Warmth, relaxation techniques, oxygen therapies, physical vascular therapy. The cells once more get enough oxygen, and we become more vital. Nutrition plays an important role: eat slowly and chew a lot! Small, light, balanced meals of egg, fish, potatoes, rice and vegetables. Fresh fruit, mild vegetable juice, cheese as snacks, lunch as the main meal: The night becomes more restful, and the day becomes easier to handle.