In 2013 alone, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK. As well as emotional symptoms such as worry, difficulty sleeping and poor concentration, anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as sweating, nausea, shortness of breath, muscle tension and aches.
Read any article on anxiety and it will indefinitely mention mind-body relaxation techniques, but for the ultimate way to combine treatment for your body and mind look no further than your acupuncture physiotherapist.
What causes anxiety disorders is still not fully understood but it is thought to include external factors, the individual’s physical condition, mental health condition or a combination of these. You have probably experienced some level of external factors that can cause anxiety; stress at work, in relationships, bereavement and financial stress. Difficult events such as being bullied at school or experiencing something traumatic can start some anxiety disorders.
There are numerous treatments available for anxiety disorders and it is important to talk to a health professional about your symptoms. While more well-known treatments include talking therapies and medication, there is also promising evidence for the use of acupuncture for acute, short term anxiety and generalised anxiety disorders, with studies finding acupuncture as effective as medication.
Natural pain-relieving chemicals are produced when acupuncture needles are applied to specific points on the body. Acupuncture is believed to help manage anxiety in particular by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is thought to have a positive influence on mood, emotion and sleep. It is therefore unsurprising that acupunctures can also address a number of common anxiety symptoms. For example, there is a growing body of research supporting the use of acupuncture to improve sleep quality and length.
By combining acupuncture with physiotherapy the physical symptoms experienced with anxiety, such as muscle aches and pains, can also be addressed and managed. Given the links between anxiety and numerous physical symptoms it truly is the ideal remedy to visit an acupuncture physiotherapist who can treat the mind and body as one.
The aim? To help relieve patients of anxiety, and its symptoms, so they can carry on with all the good things in life!
Acupuncture combined with physiotherapy is widely accepted within both the NHS and private practice. Find your local Acupuncture Physiotherapist at www.aacp.org.uk