Stress is something we deal with on a daily basis. When we don’t manage our stress well it may begin to interfere with our lives and relationships. There have been studies showing the relationship between high stress levels, especially over long periods of time, may cause poor health, illness, inflammation and poor immune health.
Some common symptoms you may experience are:
Heartburn, digestive problems
PMS, hormonal imbalance
High blood pressure
Acupuncture works to manage stress by releasing endorphins and serotonins within the brain to create a deep relaxing affect on the body. Neuroimaging studies have shown that acupuncture calms areas of the brain that register pain and activates those involved in rest and recuperation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we produce this effect by moving qi and blood in the body.
Functional lab testing allows us to view your overall health, an in-depth look at how all your organ systems are functioning .We look for patterns that give us more context about what's going on in your body. We understand how all of your body's systems influence each other and educate you in the process. We work to give you the appropriate herbal medicine, supplements and treatment to give you the most effective treatment strategy.
Quick relaxation techniques:
Focusing on your breath- Close your eyes slightly, take a slow but deep breath in through your nose count to 3, hold your breath count to 6, breath out through your mouth count to 7. Repeat this 2 more time and use as often as needed.
Take a short walk- the fresh air and movement will get the circulation flowing again. Don’t forget to breath in that fresh air along the way.
Take a hot Epsom salt bath- add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt along with ½ c. apple cider vinegar, or your favorite essential oils. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
Use a foam roller/ ball to work out the tension- start with the back, shoulders, legs and then hips. It’s a nice way to squeeze that tension out.
What do you enjoy? Running, swimming, painting, crafts, etc. Make more time for this, we all deserve it!