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What is Stress?

Stress is the feeling of being under too much emotional, physical or mental pressure. Many of life’s demands cause stress, particularly work issues, money problems or difficult relationships. Moderate levels of stress can help you perform better. However excessive or prolonged stress can lead to exhaustion and illness.
Stress causes a surge of hormones, called the ‘fight or flight’ response which helps you deal with any threats or pressure you are facing. Once the threat or pressure has passed these hormone levels usually return to normal. However in times of ongoing stress these hormones remain in the blood stream. Over time these chemicals and the changes they produce can seriously damage your health.

.. acupuncture stimulates natural ‘feel good’ hormones which boost mood and wellbeing..

Stress and anxiety

Signs that you may be under too much stress?

Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. Common signs that you may be suffering from too much stress include loss of appetite, sweating, poor concentration and difficulty sleeping. You may suffer from headaches, tummy upset and muscle tension or pain, and feel anxious, tearful or worried all the time. You may find that you lose your temper more easily, or drink or smoke too much. Stress can lead to panic attacks.

Stress is not an illness in itself but can lead to more serious health issues such as high blood pressure and increased risk of having a stroke or heart attack if not addressed. It reduces the efficiency of your immune system and long term stress can turn into an anxiety disorder or depression.

How can acupuncture help?

Many people find stress and anxiety acupuncture helps relieve their symptoms and gives a sense of calm and balance that that benefits both their emotional well-being and overall health enabling them to manage stress better.

Acupuncture addresses physical symptoms such as headaches and neck and shoulder tension, and stimulates production of endorphins, the body’s natural ‘feel good’ hormones, which boost mood, sleep quality and lower the risk of depression. Acupuncture has been shown in studies to reduce stress hormones with a resultant decrease in feelings of anxiety, insomnia, heart rate, blood pressure and improvement in immune function.

In addition to acupuncture you will be offered simple lifestyle tips to manage stress more effectively.

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