Stress and Bad Posture

The last few years have been nothing short of stressful for everyone. I have noticed more clients with decreased ability to focus, increased pain and more significant postural issues. Excessive stress causes the body to excite the sympathetic nervous system, placing it into a fight or flight mode.

Along with making it hard to focus, digest food and fight off pathogens, an overactive sympathetic nervous system (Fight or Flight Response) also affects a keystone bone in the center of the skull called the sphenoid bone. When this bone is moved out of place, the other cranial bones follow. This actually moves the center of gravity of the skull, causing the body to compensate since the brain will adjust the entire body position to maintain a horizontal gaze of the eyes. These changes can be seen or felt by the individual and examples of these physical affects include:

  • The two sides of the face may look asymmetrical
  • The jaw may move to one side causing TMJ pain
  • One ear canal is lower than the other
  • One eyelid is droopy and the opposite cheek flatter
  • Kinking of the Eustachian tubes can cause more ear infections
  • Sinus and Nasal passage obstruction causes snoring
  • Vertebrae C1 and C2 move to one side causing persistent headaches and neck pain
  • One shoulder is higher than the other, making one arm seem short
  • One shoulder blade is higher than the other causing pain between the blades with driving or desk work.
  • Pelvis is rotated causing low back pain and possibly one leg relatively shorter placing more weight on the hip, knee and ankle joints making them wear out faster
  • Shift of weight to one side impairs balance and causes one to be clumsy

How can this be treated? Historically, the most ideal way of correcting the sphenoid malalignment in the body was done with craniosacral treatments. This method is still effective; however, a treatment can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes. I personally utilize craniosacral treatments with my clients and get fantastic results; however, I have found an improved method that can correct the malalignment in less than 5 minutes!

A device developed by Dr. Jerry Tennant utilizing electromagnetic energy stimulates the vagal nerve at the neck and this can automatically correct the autonomic nervous system and flip it out of fight or flight (sympathetic overdrive) and back into rest and restore (parasympathetic drive).

The effects of correcting sphenoid malalignment is cumulative over time, meaning that the improvements build on each other and keeps creating better outcomes. Some of the positive effects include:

  • Improved ability to manage stress (stress is not going away so the best we can do is better manage it!!!)
  • Greater ability to focus on a task and complete what is started
  • Easier to move around due to improved balance and decrease pain
  • Less tendency to lose balance
  • Improved hand-eye coordination

Once the autonomic nervous system is rebalanced physically, either with a craniosacral treatment or with an electromagnetic treatment of the vagal nerve with Dr Tennants Biomodulator, it is important to maintain balance of this system. Use of herbal supplements can be very beneficial in balancing the autonomic nervous system and allowing for a calmer demeaner and improved stress tolerance. I have found the company Natures Sunshine has high quality supplements for a manageable price point so that is my first go-to recommendation. Check out the video at the top of this page to better understand the quality control that Natures Sunshine utilizes.

Natures Sunshine has a product called AnxiousLess and it does exactly what it says by reducing anxiety and helps you find and maintain your calm. It is non-habit forming and results can be noticed in an hour; however, consistent daily use can help maintain a calm demeanor. I had a client tell me that with our treatments including electromagnetic treatment of the vagal nerve, craniosacral therapy and use of AnxousLess daily, she was no longer a hairs breadth away from losing her sh*t constantly. She has found that since initiating treatment her hip pain resolved and she is able to get more done in a day due to being more calm and collected along with a list of other unexpected benefits. Her personal testimonial is below:

“Since seeing Lisa and starting a course of supplements from Nature’s Sunshine, I have noticed huge shifts in terms of both the alleviation of physical pain and the drastic reduction of stress and anxiety. At my first consultation, Lisa helped me understand that my nervous system was essentially in constant fight or flight. This made sense to me as I have been incredibly anxious, irritable, and on edge. After a couple weeks of electromagnetic therapy and craniosacral therapy plus incorporating Anxiousless into my daily routine, I realized, as I said to Lisa, I was not ready to fly off the handle at every single stressor. Instead, I felt more grounded and balanced. In the time since then, this has only continued to improve. I feel more “level” than I have in many years. I’ve suffered severe anxiety and depression for most of my adult life and it has gotten worse in my late 20s and early 30s. Since beginning treatment and starting a regular routine of supplements (Anxiousless, 5-HTP, Magnesium, and a Multivitamin), I haven’t had any serious anxiety attacks. On top of this, the physical pain which originally brought me to Lisa has been reduced to the point that I sometimes forget it was an issue. It truly feels like my energy is flowing through my body without as much blockage. I can’t say enough about how helpful this kind of therapy has been for me in ways that I didn’t initially anticipate. I came to Lisa for hip pain, but have since had the benefit of a significant “re-wiring” of my energy channels, which has rebooted my system and overall has reduced my pain, taken away my brain fog, and helped me to feel at ease and grounded each day — I wouldn’t have believed this was possible only a couple of months ago!” – Whitney Porter, October 2022

There are other products that are beneficial in these situations, however, it is more than I can reasonably list here. Contact me for a consultation to see what may be ideal for your needs. You can reach me via email for a consultation at I wold love to have the opportunity to help you find your calm, balanced self!

In Abundant Health,


About Lisa Marie Keller

Lisa Marie Keller wants to live in a world where it is commonplace to dance to the music of life. As a pain management specialist, she's been working as a Physical Therapist resolving the pain of her patients for a variety of conditions including but not limited to chronic back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain foot pain and even headaches for over thirteen years. Following seven years of traditional schooling and more years than she would like to remember at the School of Hard Knocks resolving her own pain and body dysfunctions she has become the Queen of Conquering Pain. When she’s not pondering on how to solve the next health dilemma, you can find her dancing around in her living room to music that is played much too loud, making snobby comments about amazing wine and fantasizing about where she is going to travel to next. Her first book — Free My Back — hit the Amazon Marketplace in August 2014. You can get a free e-book version of Free My Back by registering at
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