Friday, August 31, 2012

Stress Management

Stress is a growing concern for our society. Many people are suffering from stress, but they don’t realize it, other than they know they are doing things or behaving in a way that they normally would not.
Do you get angry, or are you irritable and snap at people when you don’t really mean to? Do you feel like you can’t cope? At times you experience depression and don’t know why, and you even question your sanity, with life feeling like it is out-of-control.
When you push yourself too hard or you are pushed beyond your tolerance level, your body rebels. Its internal harmony gets out of tune with reality. Your body organs may begin to malfunction; your memory may fail; you make poor judgments and get short-tempered. You feel terrible, but you don’t know why.

What causes stress?

Stress is your body's response to the demands placed upon it, whether external (such as bills or work) or internal (how you feel about yourself, for example). A little stress is a good thing, but too much can have devastating consequences for our health and relationships.
Many things (or the anticipation of them) can lead to stress:
·         Emotional - Relationship problems, breakdown or loss; heavy workload; constantly having to perform to a high level in your job, sport or profession; difficulty in meeting commitments such as simply paying bills
·         Physical - Extra workload; intense training sessions
·         Hormonal Imbalances
·         Low Blood Sugar - Poor diet or not enough exercise. Stress-related digestive problems
·         Poor Immune Function - Poor diet and lifestyle. Alcohol or drug abuse. Ongoing allergies or chronic infection
Sometimes, there is no particular reason for developing stress, or it arises out of a series of minor irritations.

How can acupuncture help?

·         For stress-related problems, acupuncture stimulates the body to "heal itself"
·         Acupuncture treatment can balance the harmony in your body, putting everything back in tune and restoring the natural balance of your mental, physical and emotional functions.
In Western terms, the interpretation would be that the acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system (CNS), releasing chemicals into the muscles, brain and spinal cord, thus promoting the body’s own natural healing abilities.  “Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in a good way.”
We will develop an individual treatment plan to specifically assist with the kind of stress you are experiencing. The acupuncturist will ask you questions relevant to stress conditions such as: your sleeping patterns; mood swings; feeling of depression; irritability; feeling of frustration; short temperedness; ability to make judgments; memory; and how you feel about life.
Acupuncture provides a drug-free alternative to help you manage the stress of living in today’s society. Acupuncture has been proven to be effective over thousands of years, and is recognized by the World Health Organization.

Our treatments have a relaxing, calming, somewhat tranquilizing effect that is especially helpful for people suffering from stress. It can relieve feelings of anxiety and depression. Acupuncture can also improve one’s sense self-confidence and well-being and relieve the tension associated with chronic stress and anxiety.

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