Stress Management Specialist

Austin Quan Yin

Board Certified Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist, and Integrative Medicine Practitioner located in Central North, Austin, TX

Stress is a necessary part of life, but when it begins to interfere with healthy function it’s time to seek help. The team at Austin Quan Yin in Austin, Texas, offers comprehensive stress management services that don’t rely on pharmaceutical intervention to achieve results. When you’re ready to restore harmony and balance to your life, we are here to assist you. Online booking is also available, making it easy to find a time that fits your busy l life, call the office to set schedule.

Stress Management Q & A

What is stress?

We’ve come to view stress as solely a negative thing, but in reality, stress is a survival mechanism. It’s stress that prompts you to remove yourself from dangerous situations, or face challenges that demand your attention. Even positive changes like a new job, moving to a new city, or beginning a new relationship can cause high levels of stress. 

Stress is the source of your “fight or flight” response, and is a big part of why the human species has thrived. Stress becomes a problem, however, when it lingers even after the stressful stimuli are no longer present. 

How does high stress damage health?

Chronic stress places an enormous toll on your body. Virtually every organ and system can be negatively affected when you live with ongoing stress. Most people know that stress is caused by emotional issues, but stress is also triggered by pain, viruses, bacteria, fungi, allergens, toxins, antigens, diet, lifestyle issues. Your brain interprets this information, triggering a sympathetic response, fight or flight, which causes your adrenal glands to release chemical messengers such as cortisol and adrenaline. This prevents your body from the “rest and relaxation” response necessary for functions such as digestion, sleep, elimination, and hormone regulation.

Some of the health challenges linked to high levels of stress include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Blood sugar problems
  • Digestive problems(stomach pain, bloating, gas, elimination problems, IBS)
  •  Insomnia
  • Hormone disruptions
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation and pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations

Stress can also lead you to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, including drug use, alcohol abuse, and addictive behaviors toward sex, gambling, or even shopping. 

What are some stress management options?

The team begins by discussing your unique experience of stress and what has and has not helped you in the past. They then explain the available treatment options, helping you make an informed decision about your care. 

You may be surprised to learn the close connections between stress and nutrition. When your body does not have the nutrients needed to thrive it becomes difficult to manage stress, and the negative effects are exacerbated. The team can help you find a diet plan and supplementation routine to help you fight stress. Tests help determine which organ systems are not optimally functioning, or what specific nutrients your body needs.

Massage therapy is also a powerful tool in fighting stress. Massage is not only incredibly relaxing, it can also boost circulation, help your lymphatic system function at peak levels, and address numerous musculoskeletal concerns. 

Acupuncture helps relieve stress by improving the flow of life energy throughout your body. Many men and women notice a reduction in stress before the treatment needles are even removed, and those effects continue to develop in the days and weeks following acupuncture sessions. 

Asian bodywork is also a wonderful way to manage stress. Consider giving gua sha, tuina massage, cupping, or Five Elements acupressure a try. You might just find a therapy that you’ll incorporate into your long-term wellness routine. 

Get started on a path toward reduced stress with a consultation at Austin Quan Yin. Booking takes just moments online or by phone.

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