If you work a typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job, did you know that acupuncture increases your work performance? Did you also know that acupuncture reduces the physical and emotional impacts of an unhealthy or stressful work environment?
Taking care of your overall health and well-being is a non-stop job that you should prioritize along with your daily tasks—both inside and outside the office. When you’re in top-notch shape, your work performance soars. By scheduling regular acupuncture sessions, you will feel like a brand-new person; invincible and energized with the confidence to achieve the success you desire.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely thin, stainless steel needles that are carefully and painlessly pushed at certain parts your body, known as acupoints. When the needle penetrates the skin, you will feel a slight mosquito-like sting. As your practitioner gently pushes the needles to a certain depth, you will experience a heavy, dull, or tingling sensation—known as Qi—within you.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture practitioners believe your energy flow becomes imbalanced from illnesses, pain, and stress. With the assistance of acupuncture, your energy flow will rejuvenate and rebalance.
Given the fast-paced world we live in—along with the long hours and heavy responsibilities a 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. job entails—it’s easy for your body and mental stability to become offset. Here are ten reasons acupuncture is the best therapy to resolve health issues and improve your quality of life:
#1 Prick Your Stress Away
Stress management is one of the top reasons people seek acupuncture treatment. Most of us daily experience the physical symptoms of stress, whether it’s demands from our job or personal pressure we place on ourselves. While your work is a major trigger to experience stress symptoms, acupuncture helps lower stress hormones, reduce anxiety, and restore positive feelings.
#2 Reduce and Relieve Pain All Over Your Body
If you’re experiencing back pain, neck tension, and joint pain in your hands and arms, there are a few culprits you can blame in your work environment, such as typing on keyboards, carrying heavy backpacks, using cell phones, and sitting with poor posture. Acupuncture provides pain relief and reduces swelling and inflammation in the affected areas, allowing you to be unstoppable both during and outside office hours.
#3 Pound Away the Headaches
Is a pounding head preventing—and possibly crippling—your work efficiency? If the answer is yes, there’s a non-invasive, drug-free option for you. For thousands of years, acupuncture has been an effective treatment against headaches. Now, recent studies show that those who suffer migraines can also benefit and seek relief from this type of treatment.
#4 Reduce Eye Strain
Eye strain occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as reading or using electronic devices for an extended period. To maintain healthy vision, you must take frequent breaks, change your scenery, and adjust the overhead lighting. For those seeking relief from eye strain, consider acupuncture treatments. In addition to alleviating eye strain, acupuncture also helps treat numerous eye ailments, such as myopia (short-sightedness), hypermetropia (far-sightedness, cataract, glaucoma, presbyopia, astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye), and diplopia.
#5 Strengthen Your Immune System and Limit Your Sick Days
If you’re prone to getting sick easily or often, this one’s for you. By opting for acupuncture treatments, you’re giving your immune system the boost it needs to fight off pathogens. Acupuncture treatments also reduce the duration of a cold and relieve debilitating symptoms that make you feel miserable and keep you home from work.
#6 Increase Your Energy and Enhance Your Mental Clarity
Do you sometimes feel your energy levels decreasing and your mental clarity diminishing? Need a boost, but want a caffeine and drug-free alternative? Acupuncture can help with that! This form of alternative medicine helps you feel energized and recharged, allowing you to tackle the daily tasks you need to accomplish. Additionally, if you have sleep disorders—such as insomnia—acupuncture is an additional benefit to seek this type of treatment.
#7 Soothe Digestive Woes
Everyone experiences digestive woes at some point in their life. Sometimes, such occurrences happen while you’re at the office and have no choice but to power through the pain and discomfort. While some cases are more severe than others—such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)—digestive health issues are an incredibly unpleasant sensation until they pass. With regular acupuncture sessions, your digestive system can be effectively regulated, relieving you of gastrointestinal problems that plague you throughout the day.
#8 Seek Allergy Relief
When allergy season is near, the thought of constantly sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and blowing your nose, as well as watery, itchy eyes are dreaded by most people. And who can blame them? Allergies are awful, and it can sometimes prevent you from performing your best at work and enjoying the things you love most. While acupuncture isn’t a cure for allergies, it can help prevent and reduce allergy symptoms, and be used in place of or in conjunction with antihistamines.
#9 Limit the Amount of Times You Light Up
If you’re trying to quit smoking or reduce your smoking habits, acupuncture is an effective treatment to help you live a relatively smoke-free life. By opting for acupuncture treatments, the sessions will help ease your jitters, curb your cravings, and lessen your irritability. Also, the treatment promotes lung tissue repair while increasing relaxation and detoxification in your body.
#10 Lessen Your Bodily Injuries
During your 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. routine, you don’t realize how routine behaviour at your desk can create numerous repetitive stress injuries over time. The way you sit in your chair, type on your keyboard, and stare at your computer screen impacts the likelihood of job-related injuries and determines the number of days off from work you may need to recuperate. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for repetitive stress injuries and can eliminate potential surgery or the use of drugs.
Dr. Hong Yan is the best acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist in Calgary, Alberta. With over 25 years of experience, she has gained vast knowledge in treating a variety of diseases and conditions, including—but not limited to—pain, infertility, menopause, stress-related disorders such as depression, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Schedule an appointment today and let Dr. Yan help you!