Do you think you could benefit from acupuncture but maybe you have acupuncture anxiety and are a little nervous about the whole experience? One thing in life that is hard to avoid is stress and/or anxiety. A stressor, which is anything, whether internal or external that leads to a stressful state of being, can be found in every aspect of our lives and one way we can deal with this is with acupuncture treatment.

There are two types of stress; eustress, which is the “healthy” stress that gives positive feelings or a sense of fulfillment and then there is distress which is a state of physical strain, exhaustion and which causes extreme sorrow or pain. The latter tends to lead to anxiety in individuals who may benefit greatly from acupuncture treatment.

Stress is generally classified as being bad for your health as individuals tend to focus more on distress than eustress. Distress can increase hormonal levels, blood pressure and suppresses our digestive functions. Over time this leads to a state of depression, feelings of fatigue, digestive problems, migraines and anxiety. Stress can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous and anxiety is a feeling of fear, unease, and worry. Acupuncture anxiety treatment can be administered by Dr. Mohr, your Tampa chiropractor, to help you get over your feelings of worry and disappear and more.

The body has a mechanism in reaction to stress or anxiety which is called the fight or flight response. The fight or flight response is facilitated by the sympathetic nervous system at the first sign of stress whether it is real or perceived. In this response, the heart rate increases, the pupils dilate, and digestion temporarily shuts down, directing blood to our extremities, so that we can either fight what is threatening us or run if the threat is too challenging hence the name “fight/flight.” When a chiropractor applies acupuncture treatment you will go into a state of reduced heart rate and improved blood flow throughout the body. This is why it is important that this treatment is done by an experienced chiropractor or doctor, instead of taking your chances with any random acupuncturist.

Because stress is a normal aspect of our being, for an individual to be diagnosed with stress, it has to reach the level where it has now started to affect their ability to perform required daily activities. The diagnosis is usually made after a psychologist or specialist evaluates different areas of an individual’s life and how normally they are functioning. After the diagnosis is made then different methods may be employed to help the individual to lower their stress level and one such way is with acupuncture.

Acupuncture anxiety treatment is not the only thing that can help to relieve stress. One can also benefit from relaxation techniques which involve meditation, yoga, deep breathing and muscle relaxation that clears the mind of troubling thoughts and concerns. And anxiety is only one of the many conditions that acupuncture can help with. You can read more information on acupuncture for back pain and many other facts and information on this treatment here.