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Acupuncture to ease stress

Written by Teresa O'Connor   Posted in:Acupuncture Therapy   March 23, 2018

Acupuncture to ease stress
The British Acupuncture Council states that “Up to half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress every year, which often results in illness.  Other factors that affect stress levels include alcohol, smoking, exams, pregnancy, divorce, moving, death in family, lifestyle, drugs, poor nutrition and unemployment.”
 
Interestingly, a randomised controlled trial (RCT) suggested that acupuncture might be successful in treating the symptoms of chronic stress (Huang 2011).  Teresa O’Connor, an acupuncturist at Bridge to Health, explains the benefits her patients have seen...
 
Traditional Chinese medicine sees health as being dependent on the body’s motivating energy, known as qi, moving in a smooth and balanced way through channels beneath the skin. Stress acts like a traffic jam, blocking the free flow of blood and qi energy. This snarling up of the route of energy causes pain, tension and stiffness which in turn often causes back, shoulder, neck pain and headaches.
 
Acupuncture addresses this by helping energy to once again flow smoothly and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself. The calming nature of acupuncture has also been shown to help heart rate and blood pressure and relax the muscles.
 
Heather came to me for a series of acupuncture sessions as she was suffering from insomnia and tension headaches, which she felt were brought on by work stress. After a course of treatment, she experienced significant easing of her symptoms and much improved quality of sleep. She was also aware of a sense of wellbeing, coupled with an ability to cope far better with life’s inevitable stresses. She has experienced the benefits first hand and continues with maintenance treatments as a result.
 
Another patient came for acupuncture due to digestive issues she was experiencing. This included bloating, stomach pains, diarrhea and nausea. During the consultation it became apparent that stress was a contributing factor as these symptoms had developed in parallel with her promotion to a new, stressful, role at work. A course of treatment greatly improved the digestive symptoms whilst the calming nature of the treatments, she felt, also eased her feelings of stress.  She told me that she felt able to cope with the pressures of the role.  
 
If you would like further details on acupuncture, or would like to book a course of treatments for yourself or a friend, please contact the clinic.


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