Trauma and Reaction

Mickey | Health and Wellness | Monday, December 27th, 2010

Often when I see the emergency tv series, I notice the traumatic conditions to which the fire fighters are pushed to. These conditions often test a person’s endurance and the body skills pushed to the extreme. It teaches us how far one can go when their life is in jeopardy. These are the times when the blood gushes in the veins and body fluids are drenched in adrenaline. What would you do in such situations? Our human body is miracle machine of nature and it has its own way of reacting to emergency situation.

Let us take the example of Bob from North California, who had a similar experience when he had his body pushed to extreme. Bob during his course of firefighting training was a safety officer. There was the incident when the forest fire broke out people along with their multi tools were trying hard to put off the fire but in vain. What Bob could do was to clear that place. While he was trying to push the people from the spot, suddenly the house burst into flames. Bob’s body reacted very swiftly to the situation and he got tremendous energy to run at speed which was more than the Olympic world record. The question was how could Bob do it?

The answer to this question is the way the body reacts to the external stimulus. When the body of Bob was subjected to such emergency condition there was a sudden release of the hormone called “Adrenaline”. Also known as the fight or flight hormone of the body, this hormone prepares the body to combat serious situation like increased alertness, release of sugar and glucose to the body and last but not the least is the increased heart beat rate that increases the flow of blood to all parts of the body.

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