Traditional Chinese Medicine views the mind and body interconnected. Your perception and observations of your own levels of stress (whether physical, mental or emotional) can be a primary driver of your physical wellbeing.
Acupuncture is a physical therapy that works on the nervous system to help relieve stress and increase your resistance to future stresses.
Acupuncture has been shown to down regulate the sympathetic nervous system (SNS – responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response) while activating the parasympathetic system (the ‘rest and digest’ response).
This helps to reduce serum stress hormone levels, and allows the body to undertake reparative actions, which cannot be done when the sympathetic nervous system is dominant.
When clients are chronically under stress, the overworked SNS can affect the proper functioning of your digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive and hormonal systems.
Let’s discuss the various types of stress. Your acupuncturist may ask you how high are your stress levels (low – average – high) but when they delve a little deeper and ask “how can you tell when you are under stress?” often times clients are unsure. Let’s look at the 4 types of stress and their common symptoms:
- Becoming easily frustrated, agitated, and moody
- Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
- Having trouble relaxing and quieting your mind
- Feeling badly about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
- Avoiding others / social situations
- Low energy
- Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds and infections
- Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
- Nervousness and shaking
- Cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Constant worrying
- Racing thoughts
- Forgetfulness and disorganization
- Inability to focus
- Poor judgment
- Overly pessimistic views
- Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
- Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
- Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
- Exhibiting more nervous behaviours, such as nail biting, fidgeting, andcpacing
Acupuncture can have a positive effect on the “feel good” chemicals of the body. Studies have shown that a person’s natural opioid, serotonin, endorphin and encephalin levels increase with acupuncture whereas stress related chemicals are reduced.
Acupuncture therapy is a must have in your self-care regimen. It is relaxing and restorative. For many clients, it’s the one time of day that they take for themselves. Some people even doze off during treatment (which we highly encourage)!
A common misconception is that it’s painful. Your registered
acupuncturist is highly trained in needling and we use very fine, flexible needles on minimal points to maximize your comfort. Are you ready for deeper relaxation? Take the time to distress and decompress from the every day and enjoy the many benefits of acupuncture!
Who Provides Acupuncture for Stress Relief in Toronto?
Where can I get an Acupuncture for Stress Relief Treatment in Toronto near me?
Aches Away Toronto is centrally located in Downtown Toronto near College Subway Station, College Park and Maple Leaf Gardens.
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