The holiday season can be a joyous time. There’s extra time spent with family, holiday parties, and gifts to give and receive. For many, December marks their favorite time of year. However, there are plenty who feel the weight of the holidays in a much different way. According to research from the American Psychological Association, 38 percent of respondents report an increase in stress around this time of year. Women in particular are susceptible to feelings of fatigue, stress, or anxiousness with a great deal of the shopping, decorating, and cooking responsibilities typically falling to them. Likewise, lower middle income individuals also are more likely to experience these emotions at a time of year when money can seem tighter than ever.
Finding a way to combat the stress may not always be easy but it’s necessary for an individual’s emotional wellbeing and mental health. While it may not always be possible to remove oneself from the hectic pace or anxiety, there are certainly ways to minimize its impact. Acupuncture is one, very effective solution.
Practitioners have long recognized the stress-reducing benefits of acupuncture. Their clients often report feeling more relaxed both during a session and long after, especially if they continue with a regular course of treatment. Recently, science confirmed these observations, revealing that acupuncture really is an effective stress reliever.
When experiencing stress, the adrenal glands secrete a combination of hormones typically resulting in the “fight or flight” response. While these hormones are necessary when encountered with dangerous or life-threatening circumstances, they can also become troublesome when overactive or released during day-to-day situations. A study published in the Journal of Endocrinology in early 2013 finally shed some light on how acupuncture impacts these hormones, illustrating the ability of the treatment to effectively block their release and keep levels manageable.
When a patient receives an acupuncture treatment, they can expect to feel more comfortable and relaxed while on the table. If continued treatment is chosen, they can also expect these benefits to be ongoing, even during the often-stressful holiday season.
If you are in the Greater Charlotte area and are considering acupuncture, contactSouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers. At our Gastonia office, you can find a licensed acupuncturist and all the benefits that come along with the treatment. You’ll also find highly-qualified chiropractic physicians and a caring staff. Simply click here to request your appointment.