Reduce anxiety, insomnia and headaches

 

Stress! It’s what we feel when our peaceful our peaceful country road of life turns into a super highway.

We can get cross, irritable and snap at people when we don’t really mean to. We worry that we can’t cope. We can experience fatigue, feel emotionally ‘flat’ and suffer insomnia. We even question our own sanity or feel our life is out of control. Frustration sets in.

If you push yourself too hard or are pushed beyond your tolerance level, you’re suffering from stress.

Your body rebels. Its internal harmony gets right out of tune with reality. Organs may begin to malfunction; your memory may fail; you make poor judgements and get short-tempered, quickly, easily.

You feel awful, even ‘liverish’ and ‘out of sorts’ and you can’t put your finger on any one thing. Little wonder. There are many types and causes of stress and many possible reasons why you personally may be feeling ‘stressed out’

If you’re experiencing stress it could be the result of any one or a combination of the following problems:

Emotional: The breakdown of a relationship; the loss of a loved one or pet. Shouldering a heavy workload; reaching the expectations others set for you; constantly having to perform in your job, profession or sport. Simply having to pay the bills.

Physical: Taking on extra work; heavy training sessions.

Hormonal Imbalances: Such as pre-menstrual syndrome.

Low Blood Sugar: As a result of poor diet or inadequate exercise. Possible stress-related digestive disorders.

Poor Immune Function: Caused by poor diet and lifestyle. Recurring allergies such as hayfever and food sensitivities. Possibly the result of chronic infection.

Headaches

Acupuncture treatment may aid in treating many common headaches including period-related, stress, muscle tension headaches and also may be useful in migraine prophylaxis.

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ve got a headache?” It’s one of the most common problems in society today, yet a headache, particularly the recurring kind, shouldn’t be taken lightly. It might well be the symptom of some underlying imbalance or deeper problem.

It’s little wonder that the consumption of analgesics in Australia is so widespread. It’s a symptom of our modern lifestyle to “pop a pill” for convenience and temporary relief without ever getting to the real root of the problem.

Sadly, too, because prolonged use of these medications can cause long term side effects.

If you’re suffering from headaches it could be the result of any one or a combination of some of the following problems.

  • Emotional:
    Created by emotional stress, anxiety and worry leading to an increase in tension in the neck and shoulder muscles
  • Occupational:
    From sitting in one position with your head bent over; also from poor posture and working conditions common with office workers and students; bad lighting; also physical overwork and tightening of neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Poor eating habits:
    Caused by eating foods you may have an intolerance or allergy to; irregular eating habits; constipation.
  • Hormonal imbalances:
    Such as pre-menstrual syndrome.
  • Physical Trauma:
    …causing damage to the structural or connective tissue of the neck; and/or arthritis; disc degeneration leading to pinching of the spinal nerves.
  • Genetic:
    Problems such as inherited tendency towards migraine.
  • Weather conditions:
    High humidity, cold, windy days.
  • Over-acidity of the stomach.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Sinus complaints.

Getting right to the point!

For stress-related problems, acupuncture can aid by stimulating the body to basically ‘heal itself’.

Acupuncture treatment aims to balance the disharmony in your body, putting everything back in tune and may aid in restoring the natural balance of your mental, physical and emotional functions.

Your acupuncturist will specifically devise your individual treatment depending on the kind of stress you are experiencing, and its effects.

Generally, after a treatment, you’ll feel much calmer, more relaxed and aware of the improvement in your sense of well-being. This is part of the “making your Mondays feel like Fridays” experience.

The reason? Your acupuncture treatment will release the ‘Happy Hormones’, body chemicals known as ‘endorphins’, which give you that ‘great to be back on the road again’ feeling.

Acupuncture may provide a drug-free alternative to help you manage the stress of modern society. Its so simple, and it’s been proven over thousands of years.

What a relief!

The beauty of acupuncture is that you’re likely to experience a great feeling from the very first treatment. However, it should be noted that acupuncture gives increasing benefits with each treatment.

While some conditions such as acute stiff neck do respond extremely well to a single treatment, with most stress-related conditions a course of treatment has a greater effect.

The frequency and duration of that treatment will vary according to your individual condition.

Generally speaking, the longer a patient has had a particular condition the longer it will take to treat,

Your nearest accredited acupuncturist will be happy to explain it all to you to help make your weekdays feel like weekends.

Stress Checklist:

Questions your acupuncturist will ask about your stress problems:

  •  Are you having trouble sleeping? Do you seem to toss and turn all night?
  •  Do you experience definite swings in your moods? Do you get depressed easily?
  •  Are you irritable and feeling continually frustrated in your day-today existence?
  •  Do you feel tired, ‘liverish’, short-tempered and ‘out of sorts’?
  •  Do you have difficulty making decisions and often display poor judgement?
  •  Do you have trouble remembering things?
  •  Are you having trouble coping with life?

“Getting to the point of…” Stress brochure. Copied with permission of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association.

www.acupuncture.org.au

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