Stress & Anxiety

Our lifestyles are fast paced, we have deadlines, expectations, and sticky notes strategically placed so we don’t forget to live life. We get it, life is busy, but does it really need to be this way?

Stress and Anxiety

Stress & Anxiety

It is not uncommon to hear the word “stress” in day-to-day interactions with the people around you. Our lifestyles are fast paced, we have deadlines, expectations, and sticky notes strategically placed so we don’t forget to live life. I get it, life is busy, but does it really need to be this way?

There are certain levels of stress that are considered healthy. The right amount of stress prepares you mentally and physically to deal with difficult tasks, including exams, sports competitions, interpersonal relationships, etc. Life’s thrills would be much less thrilling without a healthy amount of stress. Optimal levels make us feel alert and alive. However, if you are feeling too stressed, you probably are.

Negative stress can impact us in ways that can deteriorate our quality of life. It can lead to anxiety and other mental and physical health conditions. The American Academy of Family Physicians has estimated about 60% of all illnesses brought to them are stress related. They are either caused by stress itself, or the stress has acted on the illness to make it more acute, or last longer (chronic).


The impact of stress on the body

In order to cope with stress, you need to learn how to recognize the triggers, symptoms, and effects on your body. Only when you recognize your body is stressed, can you start the repair process.

There are three stages your body will go through:

  1. Your body releases adrenaline and your heart beats faster, this is caused by positive and negative stress.
  2. Your body will release stored fat and sugars to give you a surge of energy. At first you feel driven, then pressured, and then exhausted.
  3. If you do not know how to deal with stress and anxiety, your body will continue to react negatively; you can develop a serious illness such as heart disease.

Behavioural symptoms of stress

  • Irritability or high levels of frustrations
  • Habitual tardiness
  • Constant tiredness
  • Insomnia
  • Increased use of over the counter medications
  • Reduced productivity
  • Depression
  • Defensiveness
  • Increased smoking
  • Over-eating or under-eating
  • Drug use
  • Disinterest in sex

Physical symptoms of stress

  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Neck / shoulder aches
  • Stomach aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Colds / flu
  • Constipation
  • Hives

How does laser therapy work?

LLLT can be an effective means to reduce symptoms of stress. This is based upon the laser’s ability to secrete neurochemicals that stimulate feelings of well being. My acupoint stimulation techniques balance the body’s energy. Treatments that have previously been available only to those who are willing to endure needle acupuncture stimulation, are now available through simple, pleasant, laser therapy treatments. Clients report feeling calm, relaxed, and having deeper, restful sleeps after the treatment. Positive effects from one single treatment can last up to 2 weeks.

What does the treatment include?

  • Two 30 minute laser treatments
  • Private consultation with a Certified Laser Therapist – Registered Professional Counsellor
  • Stress and anxiety manual
  • Audio CD
  • On-going support for as long as you need

How much does the treatment cost?

  • Initial session (2 treatments included): $175
  • Booster treatment: $50
  • One hour counselling session: $110

My stress & anxiety laser treatment can be claimed as a medical deduction on your income tax if it is prescribed by a licenced medical practitioner.

*Consult your benefits carrier for coverage options. Some carriers provide coverage with a letter from a medical doctor. Some flex and health spending accounts may also cover laser therapy. Let me know if you require a letter of reimbursement.