Effects of stress

Physical and emotional stress used to be just a fact of modern life.   Added to that, coronavirus and the effects of  lockdown are now painting an uncertain picture of the future, which can leave many people with increased stress associated problems. 

Studies show that Traditional Acupuncture, which includes acupuncture, massage, and dietary changes can significantly help reduce stress.

Prior to all this madness, a lot of us just accepted that we lived a really stressful life.  We knew that our jobs, relationships and money worries affected our health in different ways.    Issues ranged from fairly minor (irritability, clenching jaw, tight shoulders and neck) to major problems (such as depression, anxiety, IBS and migraines). 

We knew that stress decreased the effectiveness of our immune system but didn’t really worry about it. 

However life is getting a bit serious now and therefore its so important to stay on top of your health and stay in good mental and physical shape.

Stress affects health at every level: physically, mentally, and emotionally

Studies show that there is a link between stress and physical illness. Increased blood pressure and cortisol levels, as well as lowered immune system function, result when stress begins to affect the body.

Acupuncture can alleviate stress symptoms by releasing endorphins, the body’s own natural painkillers, and improving the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids, which brings fresh oxygen to body tissues. This increased oxygen flow eliminates waste products from inside the body and enhances recovery from diseases. It also decreases the stress hormone cortisol, which normalises other hormones in the body, lowers blood pressure, reduces heart rate, and relaxes muscle tissue.

Traditional acupuncture has an amazing track record and good evidence base for dealing with stress problems, usually the effects can be felt straight away and with a course of treatment almost entirely eliminated.

If you want to try acupuncture treatment for stress relief please contact me.  I plan to open my clinic again at the beginning of July with additional PPE safety measures in accordance with government guidance.   Ben Hymas Lic.Ac MBAcC

“Acupuncture (with a qualified acupuncturist) is a perfectly safe modality to use stand alone or as part of a combined approach with medications or cognitive behavioural therapy. Acupuncture can also help to reduce some of the unpleasant side effects of medication. Currently licensed acupuncturists are in in ‘lock down’ following the governments advice on socially distancing. The situation and guidance is evolving rapidly and some Acupuncturists are able to offer virtual appointment via videolink. To hear first of your local acupuncturists plans to reopen, locate a local and licenced acupuncturist and get in touch by visiting acupuncture.org.uk ” – Claire Norton Lic.Ac MBAcC

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