Acupuncture and Stress Management
Stress is a normal physical response in which the person reacts to threat or demands. In times of high stress, we respond with an automatic and rapid bodily reaction called the “fight or flight” response. However, the response becomes unhelpful when your health, mood, productivity and overall quality of life are diminished.
Common manifestations of Stress can include:
- Stiffness in muscles and joints; commonly neck and shoulders
- Sleep problems
- Anger, frustration, irritability
- Dull skin and lank hair
- Premenstrual symptoms; mood swings, breast distension and soreness, bloating
- Migraine or tension headaches
- Chest tightness, anxiety, panic attacks
- Frequent sighing
- Crying spells
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Poor concentration
How Acupuncture can help reduce Stress
At New Leaf Acupuncture, Dublin, we recognise that stress can manifest itself in the body in many ways – sleep disorders, gastrointestinal issues, immune system weakness, pains in the body,etc. We look for and treat the root of their cause.
Acupuncture can help to reverse the above changes. It increases serotonin production while also releasing the body’s natural pain- killers, endorphins and enkephalins and decreases cortisol secretion.
Patients report feeling more relaxed and focused after an acupuncture session. As the treatments continue, patients often notice that “things that used to really bother me no longer do.”
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