Stress

Distress, commonly known as stress, is often part of our daily life. Overwork, emotional strain, and excessive mental activity accompanied by lack of physical exercise can cause a number of symptoms such as fatigue, muscular tension and pain, sleeping problems, headaches, stomachaches, constipation or diarrhea, hyperventilation, irritability, anxiety, depression, and so on. Addictions like smoking or food cravings can also appear or worsen. With acupuncture and its complementing techniques, it is possible to intervene on stress and act towards an emotional rebalance, helping to improve our health condition and prevent future pathologies.

 

What is stress? 

In general, stress is our body and mind’s way to react to the challenges posed by the environment around us. A small amount of stress may even be beneficial and necessary. At psychological level, for instance, it can help us keeping motivated and reach our objectives; at physical level it allows us to promptly react in case of danger, and so on. However, when the amount of stress is too high for too long, it can start harming the body and generate a condition of illness.

In fact, when stress is too high our capacity to rest and regenerate is affected, and we can start experiencing a general discomfort which, if not treated timely, can generate chronic medical conditions. For example, a prolonged stress status is able to disturb some of our body’s automatic functions such as breathing, digesting, sleeping, and can give rise to a variety of symptoms at physical, emotional and psychological level. 

Stress-related symptoms

At physical level
Fatigue, extreme fatigue
Looking pale
Perspiring excessively
Having breathing difficulties
Fainting
Muscular tension, spasms
Pain, intense pain
Difficulty in falling asleep, or falling asleep in unexpected circumstances
Continual episodes of illness (colds, flu, etc)
Loss or gaining of weight, 

 

At emotional and psychological level
Being tearful
Sighing frequently
Appearing vague, confused
Experiencing high levels of anxiety
Panic attacks
Irritability
Unpredictable outbursts of anger
Displaying agitation
Displaying speech patterns that seem pressured, racing or confused
Sustained low mood
Frequent expressions of negativity
Smoking, addictions

 

In particular, pain can be the result of stress factors; on the other hand, pain caused by pre-existing pathologies can itself become a source of stress or a stress-exacerbating factor. The treatment of acute or chronic pain related to stress is commonly addressed and treated with acupuncture.