Using Acupuncture for Stress Relief
Pain relief and acupuncture are known to go hand in hand, but stress relief closely follows in the list of benefits with acupuncture. Acupuncture is often used as a means of stress relief because it is painless, relaxing and alleviates many other symptoms of stress including things like headaches, backaches and neck pain. But how does acupuncture-an alternative and physical therapy-help with your emotional wellbeing? Once again, we can look to the idea of Chi and energy flow in the body. In the case of stress relief, the theory goes that imbalances and blockages in the Chi are caused by various stressful events that in turn make you feel more stressed and sometimes ill. Acupuncture needles are inserted in key places where the blockages exist, breaks them up and then Chi can run smoothly again and you will feel more relaxed.
From a biological point of view, acupuncture works because it makes your brain release endorphins, the same ones that get released when you exercise. Endorphins are ‘feel good’ hormones that alleviate stress and help the body deal with pain. When you undergo an acupuncture session, endorphins are released, giving you a feeling of contentment, peace, and relaxation. Acupuncture takes your feeling of ‘Om’ to a whole new level.
Stress is a silent killer and is at the root of most health problems. Did you know that about 80% of people in the hospital are there because their condition has deteriorated from simple stress to something worse? Yikes! This is because our fight or flight mechanism which is utilized to deal with stress, is overburdened by daily stress, resulting in a myriad of problems including weight gain, chronic pain, insomnia, and a lowered immune system which in turn leads to problems that can land you in the hospital.
Why not skip the hospital altogether and try some preventative care? Acupuncture works well for stress relief because it helps your body’s energy move freely. Those who have taken part in an acupuncture session, even the most nervous, leave feeling more relaxed, re-energized and ready to tackle their day again. Regular acupuncture sessions will let you keep your stress levels low and help in your overall health and well-being.
Stressed? Tired? Worn out? Your friends at Root are here to help. Beat the stress blues by coming to our acupuncture clinic every Sunday evening from 7pm to 9pm. It’s impossible to consistently receive acupuncture and not be happier, healthier and more calm. Wouldn’t this be a great way to manage through the holidays, heck, through life?