It’s one of the oldest practises of the modern world and yet acupuncture is regularly met with scepticism and disbelief; or just a dislike of needles! But with the pace of modern life today meaning that so many of us are stressed out, exhausted and unhappy; living life at 100 miles an hour and rarely take the time to stop, to breathe, or to focus; this ancient method can help.. there are many ‘by-products’ of modern life that acupuncture can help with and we look at just a few benefits in this blog. If by the end of this week’s post we’ve managed to convince you to give it a go, or if you are already a firm believer, do let us know!
How many of us regularly feel as though we’ve just had the worst night sleep ever? How many of us wake up each day feeling just as tired as we were when we went to sleep? How many of us wish we could turn that alarm off and grab an extra 10, 20 or even 30 minutes sleep? If this is you, then you’re not getting enough sleep- and there can be a host of reasons why! Poor diet, lack of exercise, emotional wellbeing, allergies… so many factors can contribute towards bad sleep habits in general. So you might be interested to hear that acupuncture could help you to sleep better.
By applying needles to specific points in the body, acupuncture therapists are able to stimulate certain nerves and muscles to increase and improve blood flow, which leads to a more relaxed state and in turns helps you to sleep better.
Acupuncture can be used to treat pain
Just as acupuncture can help you to sleep better, it can also help to treat pain effectively. Studies have found that the stimulation of blood flow to the muscles and nerves helps to reduce pain and induces a more relaxed state in general.
Acupuncture can be used to treat back pain, muscle pain, arthritis, headaches and migraines – and the reason why it is so effective is all down to endorphins that are released as the needles are applied. These endorphins help us to relax and the body’s natural pain killing hormones.
Acupuncture can be used to reduce anxiety and stress
Not only does acupuncture regulate the flow of serotonin in the body (which has a positive affect on your mood in general), but it also helps to relax and soothe the body and mind too. As the blood flow to your muscles and nerves increases, the body naturally feels less pain and more calm – and that can only be good when it comes to lowering stress levels. Much the same as a good massage, many people report that they walk away from an acupuncture session feeling calm, connected and peaceful.
Acupuncture can improve your emotional wellbeing
By now it might seem kind of obvious, but let’s put it out there anyway. If acupuncture can help you to sleep better, reduce pain and lower your stress levels then it stands to reason that it can work wonders for your emotional wellbeing. We all have things in our lives that cause anxiety or worry, but it’s how we deal with those emotions that makes all the difference. Allowing negative energies to overwhelm or take an important role in our lives is never going to benefit us – but taking steps to relieve these feelings regularly can be hugely empowering.
Acupuncture can help to improve your emotional wellbeing merely because you are taking some time out for YOU. You are putting your own self care at the top of your list for an hour or two. You are recognising your own needs, alongside the needs of everyone else in your life. And let’s not forget the added benefits we’ve already highlighted – all of the above contributes towards a more holistic approach to self care and emotional wellbeing.