Many veterans battle with mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In an effort to help veterans experience relief, studies have shown that acupuncture has positive effects. Acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment that can help with stress, depression, and anxiety, which are all parts of PTSD.
PTSD is the most common health concern that veterans face when returning from their service. It is estimated that one of seven individuals who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan war have sought help for mental illness since 2001, and almost half of these cases were for PTSD.
Acupuncture alleviates stress symptoms by releasing endorphins in the body. Endorphins are considered the body’s natural painkillers, and when endorphins are released they improve blood circulation and bring fresh oxygen to body tissue. With an improved flow of oxygen, wastes from the body are able to flow with improvement, the immune system has more support, and the recovery process of some diseases can speed up. Acupuncture also relaxes muscle tissue, regulates heart rate, and regulates blood pressure. All of these effects can help increase the well being of veterans experiencing PTSD.
If you or a loved one is a veteran experiencing symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety, depression, and stress, get in touch with Operation Rubix. At Operation Rubix, we help veterans connect to resources that can help improve their well being and quality of life. Veterans interested in trying acupuncture as a form of therapy can try Open Door Community Acupuncture with Brianne Horvath AP, DOM. Open Door Community Acupuncture is located at 1487 2nd Street, Suite A, in Sarasota, Florida. If you want to get in touch with Operation Rubix, please give us a call at 941-330-4240.