Why acupuncture works for anxiety relief31 May 2018

Since its’ inception over 2,000 years ago, acupuncture has been widely received in many cultures as a systematic and effective approach to combating a wide array of injuries and conditions. From back pain to sciatica, the procedure itself carries with it a wide range of benefits, all of which work as part of a long-term healing process.

However, whilst treatment is often used for various musculoskeletal conditions such as frozen shoulder or back pain, acupuncture performed by expert physiotherapists can also have a positive impact on mental health.

Can acupuncture help with anxiety?

The sympathetic nervous system is key in transferring messages to the brain and plays a major role in anxiety, driving the body into its ‘fight-or-flight’ response.

During treatment, extremely fine needles are inserted into the body in very precise locations designed to release endorphins and thus aid overall wellbeing. This means that focused and continued acupuncture sessions can have a long-lasting, positive effect on the patient’s overall wellbeing.

Where are acupuncture needles placed for anxiety?

The needles themselves are inserted into the skin and sometimes a little deeper, reaching muscle level. Whilst it may come as a surprise, this process is nowhere near as painful as it sounds and there is minimal discomfort during the treatment. Although some patients may feel a slight dull ache or unusual sensation when the needles are inserted, it is important to notify your physiotherapist if you feel anything more severe than this.

The actual points of contact for acupuncture vary depending on the condition that is being focused on. When treating anxiety, the patient will normally lie down on their front or back and needles are inserted into meridian points in the body. This action in turn releases hormones. These points are spread across the body, including the arms and legs as well as the front or back of the torso.

How often to get acupuncture for anxiety?

Acupuncture carries with it an enormous amount of benefits for those who are suffering from stress and anxiety and should be utilised as part of a broader strategy designed to combat the negative effects of these mental health issues.

It is difficult to say exactly how many appointments would be needed as the total number of sessions required would depend heavily on the individual and their situation; some people can leave the practice with a different energy after just one session whereas for many, ongoing weekly appointments are more beneficial as part of a long-term solution.

After gaining an understanding of your situation and requirements, your physiotherapist will be able to discuss a treatment plan and what you can expect from your treatment in the long term.

Acupuncture at Harpenden Physiotherapy

The team at Harpenden Physiotherapy offer a wide array of treatments in Hertfordshire including acupuncture for stress and anxiety. To find out more about the services offered, contact us online. Alternatively, you can call 01582 761448 to book an appointment and discover the holistic benefits of acupuncture for anxiety today.

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