As an alternative medicine practice with thousands of years of history, cupping involves placing cups on specific areas of the body to promote healing. By creating a vacuum that draws the skin and underlying tissues into the cup, cupping is thought to increase blood flow and relieve pain, respiratory issues, digestive problems, and anxiety, among other conditions. Athletes also use cupping to improve performance and reduce muscle soreness.
While cupping can cause temporary side effects such as skin irritation, burns, and infection if not done properly, it is generally safe when performed by a qualified practitioner. If you’re interested in exploring alternative medicine, cupping may be a viable option worth considering.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to enhance your body’s natural healing response by stimulating acupressure points throughout the body. This increases your body’s ability to resist or overcome illnesses and conditions by correcting imbalances. It also prompts your body to produce natural chemicals that decrease or eliminate painful sensations.
Research conducted over decades shows that acupuncture can relieve pain, reduce the body’s natural stress response, restore hormonal balance, and effectively treat a wide variety of medical conditions related to prolonged stress.
To address the underlying conditions caused by your body’s stress response, schedule a visit at Madison Family Wellness today. Call the office or book your visit online.
Prolonged stress can cause:
If you’re experiencing prolonged stress, you may also notice a lack of motivation or productivity at work and changes in your sex drive. Behaviors such as overeating or undereating, social withdrawal, and alcohol or drug abuse may also indicate you’re struggling with stress.
Physical reactions triggered by stressful situations are known as the stress response. These reactions are beneficial when you’re faced with a physically or emotionally dangerous situation. When your brain responds to stress, it warns your muscles to tighten in preparation for “flight or fight.”
Your brain also signals your adrenal glands to release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones increase your heart rate and elevate your blood pressure so that more blood flows to your brain and muscles. They also quicken your breathing so that more oxygen enters your blood while your body releases additional sugars and fats into the blood for energy. These physical changes fade as the situation that triggered your stress response resolves.
When stress is prolonged, however, it can cause physical conditions, such as elevated blood sugar, that can negatively impact your health. Emotional responses to prolonged stress include nervousness, anxiety, depression, and frustration.