Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Acupuncture and Relaxation

By Judson Chaney N.D., L.Ac.
Acupuncturist
Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine

In the busy world we live in, it can be a challenge to relax. When going from screen to screen, task to task, stress to stress, the juggling required to keep up with the demands of the modern world can overwhelm our bodies’ ability to adapt and perform optimally. Acupuncture can be a great benefit for anyone seeking assistance in relaxing, and moderating the effects of stress on our bodies. 

Acupuncture is rooted in an understanding and wisdom cultivated by over 2,000 continuous years of practice, but increasingly, modern research methods are beginning to illuminate some of the biological mechanisms for its actions and applications. Researchers are showing that acupuncture interacts with our bodies’ nervous and endocrine systems. This interplay of the nervous system and endocrine system is pivotal in our bodies’ response, and adaptation to life stressors. These systems can become overwhelmed, and dysregulated with chronic stress. Our ability to effectively respond to the challenges life provides can greatly influence our ability to perform, and avoid unwanted loss of function and illness.

By tapping into this deeper level of function inherent within our bodies, acupuncture can play a central role in helping to support our ability to restore, regulate, and respond to the challenges of living in the modern era. As a result, patients’ frequently report that an acupuncture session is relaxing and restorative, and many patients fall asleep during their treatment session. It may seem surprising to some that we could fall asleep during an acupuncture session, but as one of my mentors said, “acupuncture helps to connect the body and mind, and most of our bodies are very tired…”. So, if you are looking for a new way to help you relax that works with your body in a natural, gentle, and effective way, consider trying acupuncture.   

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