Archive for April, 2014

Acupuncture for Stress

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

 Stress is a natural part of life.  It can inspire, motive, and help us rise to meet life’s challenges.  Normal life changes such as a new job, a growing family, going back to school, relationship turmoil, and the death of a loved one can be quite stressful.

Stress can also be caused by internal factors such as: chronic worry, a pessimistic attitude, and having unrealistic expectations.

And on top of these things there are stressful aspects that come with living in a modern and complex world, and in Bay area: keeping up with US/world news & politics, new technology, a new health care system, and an uncertain economy…stress can easily build up over time!

Long term stress can cause or contribute to serious health problems such as: weight gain, depression, and heart disease.  It is easier to manage less stress NOW than address these complicated conditions later.

Here are 5 easy signs to detect if you are feeling overly stressed:

1. Irritability: quick temper, heightened emotions, quickly going from 0 to 100, snapping at others for little or no reason.

2. Teeth Grinding & Jaw Clenching: unexplained headaches, waking with a tight jaw.  Dentists can prescribe night guards in order to help preserve your teeth from night grinding, but acupuncture can address the root cause of your stress, helping to relax your masseter muscles, along with your entire body.

3. Back Pain or Neck Pain.  your body isn’t able to relax and over time your aches and pains worsen, leading to interrupted sleep and a cranky morning attitude.

4. Sleep Problems: trouble turning off your brain and falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, and not waking with enough energy for your day.

5. Digestion Issues: If highly stressed you may lose your appetite altogether or develop an insatiable sweet tooth.  You may have constant nausea or vomiting, knots in your stomach, acid reflux, or loose stools.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms acupuncture can help bring you relief.
Acupuncture treatments are relaxing because the needles  remind your body’s nervous system that it does not need to be in “fight-or-flight” mode.  And once your body has relaxed, it is free to utilize its natural healing abilities to remedy the negative effects of your stress.