We’ve all been there: When stress takes a toll, your muscles tighten, pain radiates to other parts of the body, your head aches, your mood worsens and your relationships suffer. You may think to go get a massage for some relief. Adding an acupuncture treatment may actually enhance the results and get you feeling your best: Here are three ways massage and acupuncture work together to relieve pain and stress:
they encourage healthy energy flow
Acupuncture often is used to treat conditions such as musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression and insomnia, among many others. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites—referred to as acupoints—which encourages proper energy flow through the body. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture helps ease pain, as well as improve sleep and digestive function.Massage also is used to stimulate these points to release pain and tension. Massage is particularly good at increasing circulation, while acupuncture reduces inflammation, accelerates the healing process, decreases pain and works deep muscles that are difficult to access.
they address both acute and chronic pain
Acupuncture is useful for acute pain conditions, where massage would be uncomfortable. Massage is great for soothing tight and overworked muscles, as well as for addressing stubborn, chronic pain. Studies suggest that massage also reduces proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and boosts immune response.
they create enhanced sense of well-being
It’s no secret a massage can make you feel great by easing pain and stiffness. But studies suggest that massage also immediately and significantly reduces the production of stress hormones, making you feel more calm and centered. Acupuncture, by encouraging proper energy flow through the body, often results in feelings of greater energy and emotional release—signs that healing is happening, and that long-stifled energies are free-flowing again.
Both massage and acupuncture are powerful healing therapies that can provide complementary benefits. With ongoing practice, they can help encourage you toward better health, better mood and greater sense of well-being.
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