Stress & Anxiety Specialist

Yolanda Vasquez, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist located in Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY

There’s no way to escape stress and anxiety in everyday life, so most people search for ways to manage them. Alternative treatments like acupuncture and massage are safe and effective options for alleviating stress and anxiety. Yolanda Vasquez, LAC can provide skillful delivery of acupuncture and different massage techniques. Call her office in Manhattan, New York City, or schedule an appointment online for therapies to help you eliminate stress and anxiety.

Stress & Anxiety Q & A

What do you need to know about stress and anxiety?

Stress builds when you have too many demands on your life, whether they come from your job, friends, or family. Sometimes the task of juggling work with enjoyable activities adds to your stress.

Anxiety occurs when you worry about or fear something that may happen in the future. Anxiety often goes hand-in-hand with stress, often as a natural reaction when you’re stressed over life’s demands.  

When your stress levels stay high for an extended period, your cortisol levels rise, while neurotransmitters needed to maintain a positive mood take a dive. As a result, you’re more likely to feel depressed.

To make life more challenging, stress, anxiety, and depression are among the top causes of insomnia. Then a lack of sleep only adds to your stress, creating a pervasive cycle that’s often hard to break.

How does acupuncture relieve stress and anxiety?

You may not think of acupuncture as a treatment for stress and anxiety, but the therapy impacts brain chemicals and hormones that regulate both conditions.

Acupuncture provides relief because it:

  • Reduces the body’s production of stress hormones
  • Affects the area of the brain that regulates emotions
  • Restores energy flow (Qi) blocked by stress and anxiety
  • Stimulates the nervous system to produce pain-killing chemicals

How does massage relieve stress and anxiety?

Massage relaxes muscles and relieves tension, two changes in your body that can immediately relieve feelings of stress and anxiety. Like acupuncture, massage can also influence hormones in ways that help eliminate stress and anxiety.  

Massage increases the availability of neurohormones that affect brain chemistry. It may elevate dopamine, which promotes a sense of joy and pleasure. A massage may also increase the availability of serotonin, which is vital for regulating moods, emotions, and sleep. Conversely, when your serotonin is low, you’re more likely to become depressed and have trouble sleeping.

A long, deep massage can reduce adrenaline levels, thereby creating a feeling of relaxation that helps you sleep more deeply. Another type of massage, intense trigger point massage, may help relieve stress and anxiety by stimulating the release of endorphins, the brain’s natural “feel good” chemicals.