Stress. We all have it. We all live with it. And we all deal with it differently. Actually, what you may not realize is that a certain amount of stress in your life is beneficial and necessary. But like anything else, an excess of stress can lead to problems.
Too much stress can trigger unhealthy consequences such as muscle aches, headaches, high blood pressure, digestive problems, and even anxiety attacks. At this point it is considered to be chronic stress and most certainly should be managed.
Too much stress affects your physical health
From the perspective of Chinese medicine, energy travels smoothly through the body using pathways that could be likened to a highway. This energy helps to keep our bodies in balance. But when stress becomes chronic, it brings the free-flowing energy to a standstill, much like a traffic jam. This in turn, throws off the balance and results in physical symptoms such as muscle tightness, neck pain, and shoulder pain.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. There may be secondary “roads” that are affected as well. As this relates to the body, the block in the flow of energy can also affect things such as the digestive system, sleep, and blood pressure.
Acupuncture can help relieve the stress
Acupuncture focuses on the areas where the energy is getting blocked. In so doing, it helps alleviate the pain as well stress in the following ways:
- Endorphins, which are naturally occurring pain-killing chemicals in the brain, are released.
- Circulation is improved.
- Waste chemicals are cycled out of the tissues and replaced with oxygen.
- Blood pressure may be lowered.
- Muscles become relaxed.
Marti Springer of Tallahassee specializes in acupuncture treatment for stress and anxiety. She will work to help relieve your physical symptoms so that you’re better able to deal with everyday stressors and make them work for you rather than against you.