Stress Management and Acupuncture

Stress management with Acupuncture

Did you know that over 75% of patients in hospitals today ended up there due to stress that developed into a physical health problem that needed to be treated more invasively? In ancient times our natural “fight or flight” stress response provided us with instant energy to preserve ourselves during an attack or threat. But today we are exposed to stressors at a much more constant and consistent rate.

Stress can be produced by any number of things. External stress causes can be difficulties at work or home, strained relationships, even your commute to work. And stress can be internally produced…for example, constant worrying, driving yourself too hard, being a perfectionist, or carrying resentment. Studies have shown that exposure to constant or increased stress can decrease white blood cell production, which leads to a weakened immune system. This makes us susceptible to viruses and leaves us vulnerable to more serious illnesses.

Signs of an Overactive Response to Stress:

  • Anger/frustration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain
  • Tight neck and shoulders
  • Weakened immune system
  • Weight gain

It is true we are living in stressful times. But don’t let stress take its toll on you. Here is the solution. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and activate the relaxation response. When receiving acupuncture treatments your body naturally releases “feel good” chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins are episode peptides that work as neurotransmitters. They create a feeling of well being and calm. This is one of the reasons that acupuncture is so popular in the treatment of depression and anxiety at our Minneapolis clinic. Acupuncture also encourages relaxation by loosening tight muscles.

Ignoring stress related symptoms like insomnia, depression, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches and irritability only makes the problems worse and can lead to more extreme, chronic health issues. Here, at Complete Oriental Medical Care, we can make an immense difference in how you deal with stress. This is our specialty…come see why our patients return again and again for our acupuncture treatments. It is what will make the difference for you to be in peak form for your life.

I came to Steven Sonmore suffering from both anxiety and nausea due to both my anxiety and side effects of my SSRI medications. I have had 5 sessions, and my anxiety and nausea has gone down from an 8 to a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. I am confident that if I continue with acupuncture my symptoms will disappear or be reduced so much that I will not even notice it! Thanks a lot!

Jesse Segal – Minneapolis, MN

Set up your appointment today for stress free, optimal health. Call us at 612-866-4000 or go to our contact page now.

For more than 20 years, Steven Sonmore, L. AC, Dipl. AC., has been helping people transform their lives and maintain better health through Chinese medicine. Steven is a licensed acupuncturist, Oriental bodywork therapist, and herbalist. He offers complete health care through acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutritional counseling. Steven’s patients come from all different ages and walks of life and he has extensive experience treating a spectrum of dis-ease ranging from physical pain and discomfort to emotional stress and anxiety. His extensive experience is evident by the high success rate he consistently has with patients and is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Steven is also certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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