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Thursday, 2 February 2017
Facial acupuncture helps you to get rid of stress and anxiety
Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental, emotional or physical pressure. Many of life’s demands can cause stress, particularly work, relationships and money problems. Health problems also cause stress such as infertility, chronic pain. Pressure turns into stress and anxiety when you feel unable to cope. People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else.
Stress causes a surge of hormones in your body. These stress hormones are released to enable you to deal with pressures or threats. Once the pressure or threat has passed, your stress hormone levels will usually return to normal. However, if you're constantly under stress, these hormones will remain in your body, leading to the symptoms of stress.
The symptoms of stress include following aspects:
Emotional: You may feel easily agitated, frustrated, moody and overwhelmed. You may also feel lost control and having difficulty of relaxing and calming your mind and feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed.
Physical: You may feel lack of energy, always tired, have headaches, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation and nausea, aching, pain and muscle tension, chest pain and rapid heartbeat, insomnia, loss of libido. You may have frequent colds and infections. You may also have nervousness, shaking, hearing problem, cold or sweaty hands and feet, dry mouth and difficulty swallowing, clenched jaw and grinding teeth.
Cognitive: You feel become constant worrying, having racing thoughts, poor memory and disorganization, lack of concentration, poor judgment and being pessimistic.
Behavioural: You may find your appetite changed—either not eating or eating too much, avoiding taking responsibilities, or increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes; showing more nervous behaviours, such as biting nails, fidgeting, and pacing.
Everyone may have a little stress every now and then which is not something to be concerned about. If one is constantly under stress, it becomes chronic. This can make your existing conditions worse or cause new health problems mentally or physically such as depression, anxiety and personality disorders; chronic fatigue, cardiovascular disease sexual dysfunction, skin problem such as acne eczema, hair loss, IBS etc.
Stress can trigger muscle tension with pain. When stressed, the body produces hormones that increase muscle tension and pain sensitivity. This can be present in a few spots.
When stress strikes, it can cause tension headache. A tension-type headache is the most common type of headache and triggered by stress. It may feel like a constant ache that affects both or one side of the head. One may also feel the neck muscle tighten and feeling of pressure behind the eyes. Tension headaches are normally caused by muscle contractions in the face, neck and scalp triggered by heightened emotions, tension or stress. Pain system is sensitized resulting increased muscle tenderness and headache.
The neck and shoulder
When stress strikes, neck and shoulder can be very tense and painful and the tension and pain can radiate to the arms.
When stress strikes, you can have abdominal cramps. You may also suffer from diarrhea and/or constipation.
The face and jaw
When stress strike, jaw muscles can be painfully tight and tender, pain is worse when chewing.
What does stress do to your face?
Prolonged both emotional and physical stress can affect your face from the skin to the contour. Stress causes facial muscles tension which wrinkles the skin and makes the skin sagging. Also the tension blocks facial blood circulation and makes the skin dry and pale. Tensed muscles drag the face down and make one look old and tired. Mind and face are connected via nerves system. Acupuncture is a good way to help you relax and solve the existing health problems at the same time. Particularly facial acupuncture can relax facial muscles and also relax the mind and take the stress away from the brain and the body.
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