Acpuncture for Stress Relief - A Special Offer
Have all of the events of the past few weeks begun to take their toll? Have you noticed yourself or a loved one becoming obsessed with watching the same news reports over and over?
When we learn about disturbing events and news, such as we have heard in the last few weeks, it can be extremely hard for us to process it. We all know someone, or have an acquaintance that knows someone who has been affected by the flooding, is in the path of a hurricane or are fighting fires out west. Many of us are feeling helpless to do anything. The more we watch and hear, the more we feel despair, fear, anger, grief, and discouragement. When emotions overwhelm us, there can be a ripple effect to the physical body, which may manifest as back pain, headaches, digestive issues, insomnia, high blood pressure, or a number of other symptoms.
In the clinic over the years, we have noticed that when news of a natural disaster or other troubling event is on everyone’s mind, people tend to come into the clinic with their sympathetic nervous system activated. The sympathetic nervous system, which activates the “fight or flight” response, is there to help us defend ourselves and keep ourselves safe. Problem is that our nervous system does not know the difference between hearing of a threat on the other side of the world, or a natural disaster three states over from one that is happening directly to us. Our nervous systems tend to react the same.
Ways to cope:
- Exercise – Exercise, including yoga and stretching, is a great way to release stress.
- Meditation – Meditation allows the mind to relax. Visit our blog for some easy meditation and breathing exercises.
- Rational/discursive thought - Engage your rational thinking self to make sense and put things into perspective. Try this exercise next time North Korea launches a missile, or makes a threat. Ask and research: 1) How far is the United States from North Korea? 2) What is the size of the North Korean economy, relative to its the United States, and South Korea, Japan, China?
- Acupuncture - We have helped many people through stress, trauma, and negative thoughts from these types of events using acupuncture.
Acupuncture supports the body’s ability to heal naturally by regulating the nervous system which stimulates our “fight or flight” response when we are stressed, and also regulates the hormones that are produced by the body in response to the nervous system such as endorphins, cortisol, adrenaline, and thyroid hormones. The use of acupuncture has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety levels and stress in individuals. These studies found that acupuncture relieved symptoms such as migraines, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain resulting from post traumatic stress. The improvements due to acupuncture were also found to be very rapid, significant, and long lasting. As the mind and body are able to spend more time out of the “fight or flight” response, our minds start to retrain to remain calmer even when things get stressful.
Acupuncture for Stress Relief – A Special Offer
If you or a loved one are dealing with heightened anxiety, grief, or despair associated with current events, we would love to help. Red Earth Acupuncture is offering 30 minute stress relief treatments for $45 between now and September 15, 2017, with Red Earth donating $10 of each treatment to The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. If you know someone who is directly affected by the floods, fires or hurricanes and they have evacuated to our area, we will offer a FREE treatment for them during this time. Please call 770-783-1663 to schedule an appointment with Rawls. This offer is open to new and existing patients and is subject to schedule availability.