Acupuncture for Stress
Stress. Its unavoidable and we all suffer from it at some stage. Why not consider something different to help manage your stress? Acupuncture, while being great for physical maladies, can also help to restore harmony to your body and mind.
Some common causes of stress include work, time pressures, financial problems, and trying to juggle work, family and a social life. But you dont have to try to manage everything on your own. Stressful situations can be dealt with and help is available.
Yvonne Roddy is an acupuncturist with a particular interest in using acupuncture for stress management purposes. Shes seen firsthand what effects stress can have.
“Stress affects the body in a range of ways. Many people suffer from headaches or migraines, and insomnia is very common. Some people may also get tight feelings in their chest, dizziness, or palpitations. There may be changes to bowel habits or their digestive system gets upset. Other people again, feel that their life is out of control and they may be easily irritated or get angry quickly.”
It sounds horrible but, if you are suffering from any of these symptoms, its important to know that you dont have to put up with it. Acupuncture can be used to relieve stress because it is very relaxing. Many people are quite surprised to hear this.
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have to spend time with their clients and treatment rooms are usually quiet and peaceful.
Acupuncture can make clients feel quite drowsy while the needles are in place. Patients report sleeping well after treatment, and their particular symptoms can be managed with regular treatments.
Practitioners are also trained in techniques such as cupping and Chinese massage which, combined with acupuncture, can offer the client a comprehensive treatment.
And the good news is that anyone can use acupuncture for stress relief. It is a very safe treatment and its effects are often immediate. There are no age limitations and people on medication can safely undergo treatment.
In a nutshell, acupuncture works by inserting fine, sterile, single-use needles into specific points on the body. The needles are left in for a certain amount of time, depending on the treatment being performed. The purpose of the treatment is to unblock a persons energy pathways, or qi, thus restoring balance and harmony to the body.
How long does a treatment period normally last for?
“A typical treatment period is difficult to predict, as each case is different. Traditionally, a treatment course is ten treatments and then a review. Some clients find that regular weekly treatments work best while others find that fortnightly treatments, or short bursts of four or five sessions several times a year, will suffice. The best results are gained for those who have a commitment to regular treatment.”
Acupuncture is an established, natural and pain-free way of treating stress, so why suffer from the symptoms if you dont have to? Have a talk with your local practitioner to find out what they can do for you. Life is so busy these days that taking the time out to calm your mind is important in order to restore balance and harmony to your body, thus avoiding the unpleasant symptoms of stress.