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The scientific perspective behind the physical management of stress and overload


Inspirational danish physiotherapist, lector, master in health and education Pernille Thomsen, has specialized in the neurophysiological and endocrine consequences of stress and overload - both physical and mentally.


Stress can affect all ages and is a long-term cause of inappropriate activation of our nervous system, which has great consequences; it makes the connective tissue act like glue, it shrinks part of the brain, it affects sleep and concentration, and causes symptoms such as headache, abdominal pain, diffuse pain and nausea.

In this one-day workshop, we examine reasons why and when we can apply exercise and massage / touch – from a scientific perspective to patients wit a sympathetic overload.

We will look at what is happening in the brain and the connective tissue under stress.

Harvard University has called this the Toxic Brain, which states that there is atrophy of important areas of the brain during chronic cortisol secretion. We will examine the consequences for connective tissue through increased cortisol secretion and how the front cingular cortex and insula areas interfere with the cognitive part of the brain.


The theoretical part will deal with the neurophysiological changes that occur when the HPA axis is running too fast for too long.

Furthermore we will look into the consequences regarding fascia and connective tissue, when stress hormones attacks the system.

The practical side will deal with different types of exercise, massage and treatment so that practitioners are fully equipped to understand the needs of this specific type of patient.

Pernille Thomsen | CVR: 31221781 | Lerhøj 17, 2880 Bagsværd  | Tlf.: 40503939 | pernillefys@gmail.com