We’ve all been there: When stress takes a toll, your muscles tighten, pain radiates to other parts of the body, your head aches, your mood worsens and your relationships and work suffer. You might go for a walk, or have a glass of wine to help relieve your stress. But what are we doing to address the root cause of the problem?
Many of us see massage or acupuncture as a luxury saved for special occasions, or when we want to be pampered for a day. But we’re missing out on the incredible benefits these two complimentary therapies can offer us regularly for pain, stress relief and our general health and wellbeing. So what are the real benefits we can gain from regular massage and acupuncture? Read on to learn all about it.
For millions of people who live with daily pain, acupuncture is no longer an exotic pseudo-medicine, but a widely accepted, evidence-based practice that delivers real relief from their symptoms and discomfort.
Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice, originating in China more than 2,000 years ago which uses metal needles to stimulate points in the body, often with the addition of manual manipulation, heat or electrical stimulation. This may relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood. Acupuncture offers a drug-free way to relieve pain from a variety of health concerns, and studies have shown that it may help with the prevention of migraines, dental pain, nausea, osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps and many more ailments.
While it is reported that acupuncture does help in the treatment of these conditions, the theory of acupuncture is not yet able to be explained by current medical science and is therefore considered a complimentary therapy, which means it may be used alongside conventional medical treatments from your doctor or healthcare provider.
Not unlike acupuncture, massage is no longer only available through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. If you’ve never tried massage, here’s some information to help you learn and understand its health benefits.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatments for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. While more research is needed to confirm the exact benefits of massage, studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection. Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.
newLife Centre for Women is a one-stop health clinic for Women’s Health and Wellbeing, dedicated to assisting and empowering women with information, self-management tools, health and prevention skills. They adopt a patient-centred healthcare model aimed at delivering excellent care and responding to the needs and preferences of their patients, which has been recognised by their nomination as a finalist in the ATMS Natural Medicine Awards for 2019.
Offering a range of Acupuncture, Massage, Diet & Nutrition services they are the perfect home of health for the women of Sydney.
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