What Is Stress And How Does It Effect You?

Posted December 08, 2006 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

The wikipedia describes stress as: Stress (roughly the opposite of relaxation) is a medical term for a wide range of strong external stimuli, both physiological and psychological, which can cause a physiological response called the general adaptation syndrome, first described in 1936 by Hans Selye in the journal Nature.

Today as we rush to gather gifts for the holiday celebration we can experience the effects of stress on all levels. As the holiday season over takes our everyday life we can still feel the overwhelming effects of our daily stress from work and our household duties.

Twenty years ago our lives seems to be better off than it is today. Where is all this stress coming from? In this modern computer age we seems to be doing everything quicker and faster than the speed of light.

Stress can be emotionally disruptive and is capable of affecting our physical health. As an Acupuncture Physician I see the affect of stress on my patients and over the years I have noticed eight symptom of stress. Most people live with stress as if by not acknowledging it, it will go away.

The eight symptoms of stress are: Headaches, Fatigue, Pain, Sleep Disorder, Mood Swings, Digestive Disorders, Sinus and Allergies and Reproductive Issues (such as menstrual dysfunction, menopause, infertility and low libido).

Stress does not cause migraine headaches but can trigger a migraine headache. The symptoms of stress are an indication of how and where the stress is having a damaging affect on your internal organs. As you review the eight symptoms of stress you will be able to understand to what degree you are inundated with stress. More than one symptom of stress can tell you your need for help. Three or more symptoms are a loud call for immediate help. Please learn to listen to the voice of your body.

Here are some of the things you can do to reduce the affects of stress on your body and on your life. Start the day off with exercise and meditation. Develop a light routine of stretching and sitting meditation for 20 minutes. End the day in the very same way. Schedule a massage once a week. Get eight hours of sleep every niht. And if you have more than three symptoms of stress find a good acupuncturist and get a series of Acupuncture treatments. I can guarantee you that it will be the best investment you will make for your health and happiness.

Dr. Richard Browne is a license Acupuncture Physician in Miami, Fl. He has been in practice for over 25 years and specializes in disorders due to stress. For further information you may contact him at (305) 595-9500

"Written by Rev. Dr. Richard Browne



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