Are you chronically stressed? If so, your body is probably signaling a stress overload. While it is important to attack stress at the core, you also need to deal with physical symptoms before they get worse. Some of your therapeutic options include massage therapy, acupuncture, and floatation therapy.
Physical Effects of Stress
Stress goes way beyond mental or emotional strain. Once stress gets a grip on your life, it will usually surface in the form of physical symptoms. These symptoms can include any or all of the following: lack of energy, chronic fatigue, headaches, stomach issues, chest pain, tense muscles, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, clenched jaw, frequent sickness, trembling or shaking, and more.
Massage Therapy for Stress Relief
Massage therapy is one of the most widely used and most effective stress relief options. Using targeted pressure and stimulation, massage therapy increases the production of endorphins in your body. These endorphins work by relaxing your muscles and making stress easier to overcome. Massage therapy can help loosen tight muscles, increase relaxation, and dissipate anxious thoughts.
Acupuncture for Stress Relief
While acupuncture has long been a traditional eastern form of medicine, it is slowly finding its way west. And, according to research, it is a very effective stress relief option for those suffering from painful and uncomfortable physical symptoms. According to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, acupuncture has a definite effect in reducing chronic back, neck, shoulder, osteoarthritis, and headache related pain.
Another study conducted on rats found that “…electronic acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway.” The NPY pathway is commonly referred to as the “fight or flight” mechanism.
Floatation Therapy for Stress Relief
One of the newest stress relief options may be one of the most effective. Floatation therapy involves floating in an isolation tank which simulates a zero gravity environment with no sensory elements. Basically, you lie face up in a tank of salt water that allows you to float and blocks out all sight and sound. Consistent floating has proven to help alleviate stress and promote relaxation. Benefits include muscle relaxation, better concentration, quicker recovery from physical strains and aches, and better overall mood.
Northwest Float Center
For more information on how floatation therapy can help you diminish and eliminate physical symptoms related to stress, contact the Northwest Float Center today. We would be happy to assist you in any way we can.