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While modern life has helped make so many aspects of daily living easier, many people still suffer from emotional distress. Subsequently, Anxiety and Depression are two of the most common mental-emotional conditions affecting individuals today. The good news is that Acupuncture can provide a natural form of relief from these feelings, helping you return to a happier life.

Acupuncture for Anxiety

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have always considered the connection between mind and body to be inseparable. Along with the ancient descriptions of external environmental disease factors, such as wind, Heat, and Cold, internal causes of disease were considered to be due to emotions. Anger, fear, sadness, worry, and joy were correlated to each of the five Yin organs of the body. Imbalances within these organs could be the origin of the emotion, or the emotion could injure the corresponding internal organ over time.

The Western viewpoint of “more is better” has taken a toll on mental health. While some chose to work hard and play hard until exhaustion, others will suffer from over-thinking, worrying about every detail of life. There never seems to be time to just relax and unwind, without turning on the TV or seeking some social event. This lifestyle causes the mind and body to become tied-up inside, creating anxiety and depression. Acupuncture can help treat these mental-emotional disorders by helping you to “undo”. The needles create a deep state of relaxation during the treatment, allowing true rest and healing of both mind and body.

Fortunately, anxiety comes in a variety of forms, from mild worrying about an upcoming speech or exam to phobias, to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), from a nervous stomach, to even panic attacks. Some anxiety is a normal healthy response to the stresses of daily life and new situations. However, anxiety that occurs randomly or in an excessive manner is a sign of concern., acupuncture can help balance both the mental and physical manifestations of this condition returning you to an easy-going life.

When anxiety occurs, you may experience the obsessive thoughts circling the fearful situation you are experiencing, and physical symptoms such as chest pain, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, stomachache, nausea, or headache. Depending on the exact manifestations of your anxiety in conjunction with an observation of the pulse and tongue, an acupuncturist can determine which Oriental Medicine (sometimes called Traditional Chinese Medicine) pattern of anxiety you are experiencing.

Most conditions of anxiety are related to imbalances of the Heart and Kidney, referring the energetic aspects of these organs. The Heart organ is considered a very Yang energy organ, constantly pumping the blood throughout the body. Over-excitement of the Heart due to excessive joy or an imbalance of Fire within the body can create Heat in the Heart, leading to anxiety and insomnia. The Kidney is the Water organ and functions to balance the Fire of the Heart helping to contain an excess of Fire. If the Kidney is deficient, the Heart Fire can rise up disturbing the mind.

Acupuncture treatments for anxiety can use both body and auricular (ear) acupuncture. Body acupuncture points may include Heart 7, Kidney 6, and Spleen 6 to harmonize the Heart and Kidney and nourish the cooling Yin energy of these organs. In cases of excessive Heart Heat, the points Heart 8 and Heart 9 may be used to sedate the Fire within the Heart. Auricular points, such as Shenmen (Spirit Gate), can effectively reduce anxiety; in some cases, retaining ear tacks or small magnetic balls at this auricular acupuncture point can prolong the effects of treatments.

Our doctors at Happy Life Chiropractic is easily one of the most gifted acupuncturists in his field.

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Alternative Help for Anxiety

First of all, if you believe that your mind and your body are one, then this will make sense to you. However, if you believe that anxiety is purely psychological, and has no connection with the physical body, then you will probably think that we are full of it!

As you know, chiropractors work primarily with the back, the spine, and the neck. The nervous system has its superhighway, the spinal cord, running down the spine and any interruption in its flow could affect mood. The link between anxiety and posture has often been made.

Let’s go back to common symptoms of anxiety: Feeling out of it, or strange, light-headed, slightly dizzy, difficulty swallowing, tight chest and breathing. Could some or even all of these be down to a misaligned spine putting pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in your neck and back? Yes, potentially they could. In which case, a chiropractor might well be able to help you with anxiety.

If your anxiety is accompanied by or exacerbated by, tension headaches that affect the back of your neck or reach over your crown onto your face then there may well be a link between your anxiety and spinal cord or skeletal structure, in which case it would be well worth your time talking to your chiropractor.

An interesting point: many anxiety medications, such as Xanax and other benzodiazepines also work to relax muscles. Some people claim that part of their anti-anxiety effect is caused by the fact that they lessen pressure on the spinal cord and allow everything to work more easily.

There are no guarantees that chiropractic care will have an effect on your anxiety, but it might be worth a try. If you are interested in this type of treatment, please send us a message.

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