Stress, even if positive, is still stress and leaves its impact on the body and mind of the mom. If there is no strategy to de-stress the body and mind, it can build up into frustration and physical tensions. A calm mother can soothe a child and ease anxiety in children and help them to better deal with the trials of growing up. The opposite is true for the family unit that has become so stressed that the mother gets exasperated and creates chaos with the children. You’ve seen this in public.
Not dealing with stress appropriately may lead to serious health problems like headaches, stomach upset, hypertension, anxiety and panic attacks.
Acupuncture can relieve the physical symptoms of stress that tends to accumulate in the neck and shoulders, causing pain and tension; leaving the body feeling relaxed and the mind calm. This can allow for a more level-headed response to the challenges of childrearing as they arise.
What is involved with Acupuncture for Stress?
Typically, the stressed person’s areas of concern are assessed and a protocol developed. Then, very fine sterile needles are painlessly inserted at very precise points along the body, stimulating the body’s own natural healing processes; thereby alleviating stress-induced mental and physical symptoms. A typical session may last 30 minutes during which time the patient generally becomes very relaxed and may even fall asleep.
The Mind-Body Connection
Acupuncture treats the mind and body as a whole system. Conventional medicine has come to accept that the mind affects the body. Stress is a perfect example of this interconnectedness—any perceived threat (real or imaginary) triggers a “fight or flight” response, and priority is given for survival. This affects hormonal secretions, mental clarity and ability to sleep. Sustaining a stressed state over time will break the body down prematurely. It is important that we all take time out to de-stress to preserve health, family unity and happiness.