Acupuncture, Depression and Exercise

If you’ve ever been depressed, you probably know how it is hard to get physically moving. Even though exercise helps relieve depression, exercising while depressed can be a (literal and figurative) drag.

Recent research has indicated that depression may interfere with the body’s ability to recover from exercise.  Specifically, it takes longer for a depressed person’s heart rate to return to normal after strenuous exercise. This may indicate that depression lowers our ability to recover from other forms of stress, too.  It appears that our stress responses become dysfunctional when we are depressed.

Acupuncture has been shown to alleviate depression, but I’d be curious to see if acupuncture has an impact on the stress response of people with depression.  Just from what I’ve seen clinically, I would bet that people receiving acupuncture for depression would have a better response to stress than those not receiving acupuncture.  And I would love to see researchers investigate this area.

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help. Contact Portland acupuncturist Boynn McIntire for a consultation or appointment. Boynn McIntire is the owner of All and One Acupuncture in Northeast Portland. She may be reached at (503) 281-6909, and appointments may also be scheduled anytime online.

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