Acupuncture dates back thousands of years from early China, where acupuncture was adopted as part of their traditional Chinese medicines. Traditionally, it relies on the belief that when your life force energy becomes stale, illness occurs. Acupuncture was used to restore this energy through specific points in the body.
Scientifically, acupuncture stimulates nerves under the skin and muscle. Your body naturally produces endorphins as a reaction, which is known to relax and regulate the body. Once the muscles in your body relax, you get a sense of calm and relaxation, which works well with pain relief. There are several benefits to acupuncture from stress relief to stopping pain, so here are the top three benefits in more detail:
1. Reduces stress
These days, stress can hit us like a brick, derived from our 9-5 jobs and other daily responsibilities. Stress can be overwhelming and it’s important to deal with it before it leads to illness. Acupuncture lowers the stress hormones in our bodies, which reduces anxiety to get better control over our mood. As the body naturally releases endorphins, you’ll see the benefits of generally feeling happy again.
2. Reduces back pain and muscle tension
In this day and age, we’re likely to sit at a desk, typing on a keyboard, or looking down at our smartphones for prolonged periods of time. Heavy backpacks and poor posture wreak havoc on the muscles in our backs and necks, which leads to terrible pain in our day-to-day lives. Acupuncture is an excellent choice for drug-free treatment. With a reduction in swelling and inflammation, the immediate pain relief is noticeable as your muscles relax again.
3. Treats headaches and migraines
Again, we spend many hours through the day looking at a computer screen or at a smartphone, which puts a lot of strain on our eyes. Eye strain can lead to headaches, but pain relief can be difficult to procure, especially with a migraine. Acupuncture as a treatment for headaches and migraines is also due to the feeling of relaxation in the muscles and the release of your body’s endorphins. Acupuncture may also have lasting effects on pain relief.
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