Stress-Related Disorders Respond Well to Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the traditional Chinese therapies that are now being seen as alternatives to, or complementing standard medical practice. Acupuncture seeks a holistic alternative and views the mind, body and emotions as interconnected. For this reason, an initial consultation with an acupuncture specialist typically involves collecting medical, surgical and family history as well as information about a person's exercise habits, sleep patterns, diet and occupation, among others. During the interview the therapist will note facial colour and voice, examine the tongue and check the pulse. All this information gives the practitioner an overall picture of the general health and well-being of the patient.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The treatment is based on the assumption that living beings have energy or 'qi' flowing through their bodies along twelve invisible meridian lines. Each meridian is associated with a particular body organ and an imbalance in the flow of 'qi' creates an environment where disease can begin. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points in the body, so it requires a skilled practitioner at Physio on Brunswick to give a diagnosis and identify the precise points where the acupuncture needles should be inserted.

The needles themselves are extremely fine, so fine that the most a patient should feel is a slight sting, sometimes followed by a tingling or numb sensation at the insertion point or a little way along the meridian. In most cases there is no further sensation once the needles are inserted. There should be no pain or discomfort, and should this happen, the patient should alert the therapist immediately. Disposable needles are used so there is no risk of cross infection.

Stress - this Modern Disease - Responds to Acupuncture

There are many conditions that respond positively to acupuncture treatment, and one of these is stress. Stress is a major cause of chronic illness, disease and breakdowns in our modern society. Many cancers and heart conditions can be directly related to the sufferer experiencing prolonged periods of negatively impacting stress. It is recognised that some level of intermittent stress is necessary to motivate and challenge individuals. However, constant unresolved issues that cause stress on a regular and continuing basis will cause a breakdown of the immune system.

Psychological disorders such as depression, phobias, addictions, anxiety and emotional disturbances are also linked to stress as the psyche tries to cope with the increased pressures that seem to have no possibility of resolution. Acupuncture is a very helpful tool in managing many physical conditions, but also as a treatment for the psychological issues resulting from stress-related factors. Physio on Brunswick has one of the best physiotherapist reputations for treating stress disorders through acupuncture.

Their full-time acupuncture specialist is recognised by most health funds and there are also physiotherapists available who have been trained to combine acupuncture with other techniques. Additional information on the other conditions of which acupuncture is known to assist is available at As acupuncture's reputation for being very helpful in treating a range of conditions grows, the demand for this ancient but effective skill can only increase.



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