Recently some images of The Rock getting acupuncture went viral on social media. The Rock spoke about how acupuncture was a key part of his health routine and that it helped him tremendously, but the majority of reactions from the public were along the lines of: “HOW is that relaxing?”
To someone who hasn’t tried acupuncture before it can seem intimidating. To those who have tried it – they can’t wait until their next session!
Acupuncture can treat a wide range of issues in the body, including stress and anxiety. Stress is any thought, feeling, or belief that makes your brain feel threatened. That can be a big issue, like when you are injured or a small stressor like worrying about how many emails you still need to reply to that day.
Holding onto this stress in our bodies can lead to many other issues that can come in the form of headaches, muscle aches, digestive issues and more. Anything we can do to relieve it is beneficial for our overall health.
How Acupuncture for Stress Relief Works
The first way acupuncture will help you slow down the stress response in your body is that the session itself compels you to relax. Once the needles have been placed, you have to relax and let the energy that’s been released move through your body. This can mean resting in a dim room, perhaps with music playing, for about 15-30 minutes. How often do you take the time to do that at home?
The placing of the needles also releases the hormones like dopamine and endorphins in your body – the pleasure hormone which makes you feel happy and relaxed.
You might think that having multiple needles inserted over your body might be stressful, but the needles used for acupuncture are incredibly fine – they don’t need hollow tips like needles used for injections. It’s rare for any pain to occur when acupuncture needles are placed.
Ready to Get Started?
Are you struggling with stress and anxiety? Whether the source of your stresses are pandemic related or otherwise, we can all use some stress relief. Don’t delay, the time to take care of yourself can start today!
Come & experience the calming effects of Acupuncture for yourself. Book an Appointment with our acupuncturist Desiree today. Do you have questions about Acupuncture? Contact Desiree directly by emailing her at DesireeC@brightpathhealth.ca.
Written by: Desiree Chester, R.Ac