Kinesiology for Anxiety
Kinesiology is incredibly effective in the treatment of anxiety. Stress and anxiety are quite common mental conditions faced by Australians, both young and old. As we know, stress can negatively impact the quality of life, especially if left untreated.
A myriad of other serious illnesses can also sprout from ongoing stress and anxiety such as depression and various chronic immune-related diseases. A Life in Progress Kinesiology to diminish the negative impact of anxiety and stress, helping patients deal in a better manner.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, it comes from wanting to control it. Anxiety exists when anxious feelings are ongoing and/or do not have a particular cause. Anxiety is referred to as ongoing anxious feelings that do not subside once the stressful situation has passed.
- Excessive thinking or worry
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense
- Sense of panic or doom
- Increased heart rate
- Trembling, sweating
- Trouble concentrating
Worried or stressed out? It is normal that short-term stress or pressure may cause you to feel anxious. However, once the situation has passed you should be able to return to a normal state. Anxiety is a condition that affects our daily life. A person experiencing anxiety will generally feel as though they do not have any control over their anxious feelings.
Most people experience anxiety at some point in their life. You might experience mild symptoms when facing a challenging or stressful situation. You might also have more severe, long-lasting symptoms that impact your daily life.
Anxiety is typically treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of both. There are also several alternative treatments, including acupressure, that can help.
What causes Anxiety?
Anxiety can be triggered by a number of causes, including:
- Family history of mental heal problems
- Experience of a traumatic event creates risk of developing anxiety.
- Stress due to illness and health issues.
- Personality. Some personalities are more prone to anxiety than others. Some common traits include perfectionism and low self-esteem.
- Misuse of drugs and alcohol.
Most often it is a combination of factors that cause anxiety.
How can Kinesiology help anxiety?
What can you do at home to help?
1. Use acupressure points that may provide temporary relief from anxiety symptoms. It involves stimulating pressure points in your body, either on your own or with the help of a professional.
2. Journaling. The goal of this process is to get your worries on paper so you can break the cycle of rumination, challenge those thoughts, and come up with ways to address them. Journaling is a highly recommended stress-management tool.
- Write your worries. Describe the events that are currently causing difficulties for you. Keep in mind that with anxiety, sometimes it isn’t what is currently happening that causes stress, but the concerns you have about what could happen.
- Read and rethink. How likely is this to happen, how do you know and are you sure.
- Think Differently. For each fear you have, write at least one way in which you could think about it differently.
- Recall your strengths. Think about the biggest challenges you have faced and overcome. Looking at your strongest, wisest moments, do you think you could use that same strength and wisdom to prevail in this potential challenge as well?
3. Use the 4-7-8 breathing technique. also known as “relaxing breath,” involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds. This breathing pattern aims to reduce anxiety or help people get to sleep. Some claim that the method helps people get to sleep in 1 minute.
Suggested kinesiology treatment plan.
When treating constipation at Life in Progress Kinesiology Melbourne we recommend:
- An initial 90-minute kinesiology consultation followed by between 3 – 5 standard consultations 1 -2 weeks apart.
- Further follow-up standard consultations should be spaced between 2 -4 weeks apart or booked as needed.
If you want to find out more about Constipation check out the Victorian government’s Better Health Channel.
Author – Carla Kaine Kinesiologist, A Life in Progress Kinesiology.