Summer is over, school is back in session, and we're all back to our regular work schedules. If you could use a little stress relief but are wondering what your options are, why not try something new? Something natural? Something effective? If your weekly massages are getting too expensive and a bath and a book just aren't doing the trick, we've got a solution for you: acupuncture. Although you've probably heard of acupuncture, you might not be aware that there are many benefits of acupuncture for stress – and we've compiled a whole list of them below! So sit back, relax, and check out how acupuncture can help better your life today.
Whether you are trying to fight day-to-day stresses or a more severe form of anxiety, one of the best benefits of acupuncture for stress is that it works fast. Generally, methods of managing anxiety include therapy and/or medication, which, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association, may take months before they become effective. Acupuncture, on the other hand, can work much more quickly. While some people feel their symptoms lessen over a few acupuncture treatments, others experience relief after just one visit.
Utilizing natural alternative medicines has become extremely popular in today's day and age. As one of the most widely used natural treatments for relieving pain, acupuncture has found a growing popularity with those looking to decompress stress naturally. Acupuncture can be a great alternative for people who want to avoid prescription drugs, which can be expensive and lead to unwanted side effects.
Did you know stress and pain are closely linked to one another? That means if you sit in an office chair all day and experience chronic back and neck pain, you may also be experiencing higher stress levels. Plus, avoiding treatment for one or the other can cause a vicious cycle that will bring you more stress and more pain. The good news? Acupuncture can kill two birds with one stone! As a complementary medical practice that has been around for over 2,000 years, acupuncture's original use was for treating pain. Over time, however, acupuncture has been found to be very effective in treating stress as well. If you experience pain, stress, or both, acupuncture may be your ideal solution.
While you may be skeptical of how effective acupuncture can be, studies have proven acupuncture's stress-relieving abilities. One study, which was conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center, showed that rats who received electronic acupuncture showed lower stress hormones than rats who did not receive the treatment. Another study, published online in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, showed that students who underwent a 20-minute acupuncture session were found to have less anxiety and better memory immediately afterward than those who did not.
So what do you think? Now that you've explored some of the many benefits of acupuncture for stress, are you ready to try it out for yourself? If you are, we would love to help! At Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture, we take a holistic approach to chiropractic care to promote healing and enhance the overall well-being of our clients. If you're interested in acupuncture, we would love to help create an acupuncture treatment plan based on your individual needs. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about acupuncture treatments, call 417-887-8075, or leave us a message.