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Posted on 05-31-2012

Morning folks!

Psychological stress is associated with greater risk for depression, heart disease and infectious diseases according to a 2012 study by the National Academy of Sciences. Until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health. Chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Inflammation is partly regulated by the hormone cortisol and when cortisol is not allowed to serve this function, inflammation can get out of control. Prolonged stress alters the effectiveness of cortisol to regulate the inflammatory response because it decreases tissue sensitivity to the hormone. Specifically, immune cells become insensitive to cortisol's regulatory effect. In turn, runaway inflammation is thought to promote the development and progression of many diseases.

There are many solutions to dealing with stress.  The best approach is to manage your peace and stay away from stress before it builds.  That said, many of us are already too stressed out from the busy-ness of daily modern life.  Acupuncture and massage have been shown to significantly help reduce stress levels.  Our staff acupuncturist Joe Hlebica, L.Ac. and our new massage therapist Amber are ready and able to help you with your stressful needs.  Mention this blog today and receive either service at 50% off your first visit!

Have a blessed day folks!

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