Stress & Anxiety
Despite acupuncture’s widely recognised health benefits in the area of pain management, many people are unaware of it’s value in helping to resolve stress and anxiety-related problems.
However, a course of acupuncture, which has the ability to release endorphins (the body’s feel good hormones) is an incredibly powerful and simple way of transforming stress, calming anxiety and restoring balance. When we’re feeling stressed it’s common to feel exhaused, overwhelmed or even depressed so finding support is vital. Stress and anxiety not only undermine our energy, sleep, sense of well-being and ability to cope, but can also be the cause of many chronic painful conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastric pain, Headaches or Menstrual pain. The more prolonged the stress and anxiety the more likely it is that there will be long-term health impacts.
A course of traditional acupuncture helps to target the root cause of the problem as treatment is unique for each individual. Typically stress and anxiety are caused by overwork, emotional stress or the loss of a loved one. Whether we’re overworked or dealing with emotional loss, a similar psychological, emotional and stress response is evoked: stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol flood in bringing anxiety, tension, sadness, and sometimes depression, setting your nervous system into 'flight or fight' mode. As a result, your muscles tense up for action which causes tight neck, shoulder and chest muscles, anxiety and possibly changes in sleeping patterns.
When acupuncture is combined with a specific treatment plan, which addresses emotions, diet, exercise and lifestyle, many of my patients find traditional acupuncture to be a wonderfully relaxing experience.