Contrary to popular opinion, not all stress is a bad thing. Human beings have natural built in mechanisms that help us to know how much effort to exert. These environmental cues are essential to keep us safe in a world that can be difficult to navigate. Well-managed stressors can be good motivation for us to keep reaching for our full potential. The problem occurs when either we are exposed to stressors that seem too great for us to manage, or if little stressors are allowed to build up because they were not fully processed the first time.
Stress can manifest itself in a virtually unlimited number of ways, including headaches, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, hypertension, and inappropriate social behavior, among many others. Increased heart rate, changes in breathing patterns, muscle tension and high blood pressure are common reactions from a change in brain chemistry that occurs with stress. The human body reacts to stress appropriately when faced with a “fight or flight” situation and adrenaline is released inside the body. This is the reaction that helps us cope in a disaster or stressful situation. Imbalance occurs when this reaction is frequent and is not due to outside factors. The body can become used to the adrenaline and corticosteroid release and become dependent on this state.
From what we can tell so far the emotional brain or limbic system is affected the most. With so many stimuli to process, when we have a problem in part of our bodies that can be ignored for the short term, our brain is likely to selectively throw a circuit breaker so that we are not even aware of the issue. We no longer notice the pain, inflammation, lack of range of motion, etc. Acupuncture can re-awaken a brain that has lost it’s awareness of the body it manages by freeing the flow of information and electricity. Like other conditions, treatment depends on multiple factors, both physical and emotional, but in most cases getting adequate sleep, maintaining a proper diet, and exercise are recommended.
Acupuncture’s goal is to re-unite the body with the mind so that the flow of electricity, blood, lymph, and qi is harmonious in the body. The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing our stress. Change is a guaranteed thing, so it seems some stress is also. The positive changes that occur as a result of an acupuncture session can last a long time, and are cumulative in effect.
There are many relevant point sites, and our choice will depend on your complete story of signs and symptoms. The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing.
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