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I haven’t had a migraine for months. I can’t believe it!
I can’t believe it! was last modified: July 23rd, 2018 by Mark Bodnar
All I can say is I am amazed at what Mark has done for me. I can’t thank Mark enough for his dedication to helping me with my migraines. Thank you for making such a difference in the quality of my life.
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Mark Bodnar is a very thorough and intuitive practitioner. I have been in his care for the past 8 months and his work has significantly reduced – even eliminated – my digestive issues as well as the gynecological difficulties I have suffered with for the past 15 years. I am... Read more »
I have suffered terribly with migraines since my early teens. At some points, I was averaging 2-4 migraines a week and using a variety of strong medications to help me cope with them. As I got older they increasingly got worse and nothing seemed to help me as it once... Read more »
I came to see Mark for low back pain, hip pain and sciatica. I was pleasantly surprised to improve such a great deal after only one treatment, and he gave me advice as to how to help myself outside of treatment. He is very knowledgeable, compassionate and experienced.
Mark has provided excellent professional care. He listens to your issues, gives you all the information you need and is very skillful. I highly recommend Mark.
I highly recommend Mark was last modified: July 23rd, 2018 by admin
By Mark Bodnar
Stress is something that more and more of my patients are experiencing daily and finding that it is interfering with their health and happiness. If you ask any health care professional they will agree that chronic stress is just no good for your body. Recently there have been several medical studies showing a relationship between high stress levels and decreased health. They’ve shown stress can lead to a decreased immune system function, stiff muscles (commonly the back and neck), poor sleep and digestive disturbances to name a few.
The good news is that acupuncture can help. From a Chinese medicine understanding, stress affects the flow of qi and eventually blood flow within the body causing something called a stagnation of qi. Acupuncture helps to move qi and blood and relieve stress. It also releases endorphins within the brain and has a deep relaxing effect on the body. A medical study done at the University of California found that acupuncture decreases the sympathetic nerve activity producing a calming effect during periods of stress, lowering blood pressure and muscle tension.
In addition to acupuncture there are some things you can do to help yourself.
- Relaxing your mind: Try to focus your mind on other things. This gives the body a break from dealing with the stress response. Make a habit to take a couple a minutes to clear your mind from everything and focus on the positives in your life.
- Make time for yourself: Pampering yourself or taking part in activities that you really enjoy will increase your happiness.
- Exercise: It’s a great tool to help with stress. So go for a walk or hop on your bike. Just 10 minutes a day will make difference over some time.
Acupuncture can provide a safe and effective tool for handling stress. Typically as the heavy feelings of stress are relieved through treatment, you start to feel more confident in your ability to cope and make some necessary changes.