Stress is basically your body’s response to pressures from situations and events. Stress is relative and like anxiety we all experience stress at one point or another. In moderation stress can be an important motivator and mechanism to overcome challenge. Some people are more affected by stress than others. The issue becomes when stress is too high, and you find yourself unable to cope. When life situations become demanding and we lose control over a situation- stress unleashes its fury.
How acupuncture counteracts anxiety
If you had acupuncture before, you probably remember feeling very relaxed lying on the table, with a few super-fine needles inserted into your hands, feet and scalp. The funny thing is you cannot move and yet you feel so relaxed that moving is the last thing you want to do! That sense of heaviness, melting on the table and staying there as long as you can is the goal! If you’ve experienced this, then you went from fight-or-flight to rest-and-relax response. If you haven’t maybe it’s time you book and appointment so you can see how relaxed, you feel during and afterwards.
Chinese Medicine and the physiology of anxiety
It’s important to seek a Registered Acupuncturist (R. Ac) to properly diagnose your body patterns in Chinese Medicine terms. Diagnosis is very unique to each person and varies from time to time, but for the sake of simplicity, let’s try to explain stress according to Chinese Medicine in an easy way:
All of my colleagues at the Center are true experts at helping our patients calm the sympathetic nervous system and counteracting fight-or-flight mode. We successfully have been combatting anxiety in the practice for over 20 years. We all have our own tools and techniques to help patients with anxiety. I have a few of my own too! I insert needles gently on the head (known as scalp acupuncture) for neurological and psychosomatic disorders to helps my patients who come to the Center looking to take a bit of the edge off from their stressful lives in Toronto and the GTA. I also like to use a combination of classic body points and auricular (ear) acupuncture to get long-lasting results.
Check out Carrie’s quick DIY on an excellent point to press when you’re feeling anxious…
As we navigate through tidal waves of personal life storms here in Toronto, we find our bodies packed with all kinds of whirling stress hormones. Tough physiological responses triggered by these historically anxious times we are living through; our bodies mind and spirit need support.
What makes us feel stressed?
There are tons of possible negative forces or “stressors” such as:
Positive stressful situations can include
The physiology of stress
Your body will react to the stress, then is stimulated to produce “stress hormones” (yes there’s such a thing) which trigger a fight or flight response, which in turn activates our immune system. Our immune systems is amazing and capable of responding quickly to dangerous situations.
Fight-or-flight response in a nutshell