Stress is the body’s natural response to many life experiences, and brings about physiological changes designed to help you to take action in potentially threatening or challenging situations. Long term, chronic stress, however, ceases to be helpful and can have very real consequences on a person’s health and quality of life.
Signs & Symptoms of Stress
Stress can have both emotional and physical manifestations. Our patients often report:
- Feelings of worry and anxiety
- Mood swings, irritability, concentration problems
- Muscle tension
- Stomach pain, nausea
- A rapid heartbeat, chest pain
- Headaches, dizziness
- Rapid breathing, panic attacks, hypoglycemia
Over time, chronic stress can to our knowledge lead to the development of many health issues, including:
- Insomnia, chronic fatigue
- Menstrual and sexual dysfunction
- Weight gain or weight loss
- A weakened immune system
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Cardiovascular disease
- Skin and hair problems
Causes of Stress
Many things in life can become a cause of chronic stress, including big life changes, issues at work or school, overwork or traumatic events. Lack of sleep and a poor diet can also affect a person’s mood and lower their ability to properly manage everyday life stressors.
How we treat Stress
Whether you are just starting to notice the effects of stress on your life, or have been suffering from chronic stress for a long time, Chinese medicine is a very effective way to deal with the problem. In our experience, acupuncture and laser acupuncture, Tuina massage, cupping, as well as dietary advice and reflexology, can all help to calm the nervous system, relax muscle tension and regulate hormones to reduce the stress response.
After an initial consultation meeting, our practitioners will design for you an individualized course of treatment appropriate to your needs.