Stress Relief & Stress Management with Acupuncture
Chronic stress has been linked to a host of health concerns including insomnia, anxiety, obesity, muscle pain, and even heart disease. Many scientific studies have been devoted to understanding the mechanisms of stress and the “fight or flight” response which is elevated during stressful events. When we’re faced with stress, a series of physiological changes occur, all triggered by stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. Physiological changes under stress means increased blood flow to the muscles and decreased in blood flow to the digestive and reproductive systems that aren’t needed for immediate survival. Stress hormones such as adrenaline surge through the body to get the system ready for fight or flight.
For most people, stress is a part of life, but chronic stress can have a serious impact on health. Some common symptoms include:
- Muscle tension and pain – commonly seen in the neck, shoulder, and back areas.
- Headaches may be triggered or more frequent.
- Digestive disorders can be more common, including GERD and IBS.
- Sleep disturbances including insomnia or poor sleep quality.
- Low energy, poor memory, and difficulty concentrating.
For all of the related symptoms, Acupuncture can reduce the stress response and improve the body’s natural stress adaptation response. Acupuncture can help you resolve any adverse health effects that come from living in a fast-paced and stressful world. Unlike Western medicine which tends to compartmentalize the body into several functional systems, Chinese Medicine looks at each person as a whole and observes the interaction and interdependence of the whole body. TCM also considers the mind-body relationship and takes into account the supports the importance of emotions on the physiological function and physical well-being of an individual.
In summary, acupuncture treatment targets the root problem of chronic stress by rebalancing the nervous system. After a few treatments patients generally see great improvement in multiple areas of their health. Commonly patients starting acupuncture remark that the conditions of their life and job have not changed, but how they feel about these conditions has been transformed. It is, in fact, how we interact with our lives and the conditions in it that makes us stressed or at-ease.
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