Anxiety is a much bigger problem than many people believe. It affects people of all ages, although it usually starts in teenage years or the mid twenties, and it seems to affect twice as many women as men.
Anxiety problems can be acute or chronic. Acute anxiety usually is shown by episodes known as panic attacks. A panic attack is essentially when our body's natural "fight or flight" reaction occurs at the wrong time and for inappropriate reasons. It is completely involuntary.
Chronic anxiety is usually milder and more generalized. Patients feel anxiety most of the time, however it rarely reaches the intensity of a full-blown panic attack.
The advice from a less than sympathetic health professional, could be "Pull yourself together" - at worst, or (little better) sufferers may come away with prescription drugs. Some of these are addictive and/or with unpleasant side-effects.
There are many things you can do to help control your anxiety disorder without the use of prescription drugs. A key consideration is to do whatever it takes to relieve day-to-day stress. Many patients that suffer from panic attacks have taken trips to the emergency room, just to be told they are suffering from stress.
I recommend reflexology treatments for the best effect. This can be either self-help or from a professional reflexologist. If you choose a professional reflexologist, do check that he/she is registered with reputable body. Furthermore, never change your prescription medicine without the consent of your conventional health provider.
Reflexology, a technique used in Thai massage therapy and ancient Chinese medicine, is based on the belief that applying pressure to reflexes on the feet and hands can effectively treat the entire body. By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, reflexology stimulates blood flow and eliminates toxin buildup in the corresponding organs and systems of the body.
An extremely common application for reflexology is for stress management. In our fast paced society today, everyone is looking for a way to unload the stress of their everyday life. There are very good reasons to do so, as stress is a silent killer. The effects of stress have been studied for quite some time and it is known that if you do not regularly release your stress, it will eventually wreak havoc on your body in the form of one of many different sicknesses or diseases.
Besides being a beneficial tool for promoting relaxation and stress relief, reflexology is also an effective tool for improving circulation, relieving pain, and as an immune and nervous system stimulator. Many who suffer from illnesses such as allergies; chronic sinus problems; acid reflux; migraines; PMS; menopause; insomnia; chronic fatigue, fertility problems and even arthritis have been helped enormously by reflexology treatments.