According to the 2020 Work-Life Balance Ranking, Hong Kong was ranked first as the top overworked city. Around 30% of people work more than 48 hours a week, spending the majority of their hours working. Depending on the nature of the job, how demanding it is, and the overall workplace culture and management style, work can also be a cause of distress. Excessive stress can not only make you feel anxious, but it can also cause physical illnesses. Headaches, neck and back discomfort, and even stomach problems are all physical indications of stress. 

If you work long hours, you have most likely experienced dull ache or pain in your neck, back, shoulders, wrists, or knees. If left untreated, this pain may develop into a repetitive motion injury or other disorders, such as nerve impingement or poor blood circulation. Addressing it early will greatly reduce your risk of developing any serious conditions.    

According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is effective in treating 28 conditions, while evidence suggests that it has an effective therapeutic value for many more. It is a safe and effective treatment for dealing with the stresses of everyday life that can have a negative impact on our minds and bodies. Acupuncture has a number of benefits in the treatment of work stress and discomfort. For more information, please refer to

How Acupuncture works

The philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that ‘yin and yang’ need to be in balance for the body to be healthy. A constant flow of energy, called “qi” throughout the body keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. If Qi does not flow freely across the body, disease or illnesses can result. Acupuncture can restore the Qi flow and thus lead to a balanced healthy body. 

By inserting very fine needles lightly into specific points in the body, acupuncture releases blocked qi and stimulates the body’s natural healing response. By stimulating various organ systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being. 

Acupuncture and Physical Pain

During a normal day of working, business employees spend all day on a desk exposed to gadgets and laptops, developing poor posture. All of these factors contribute to pain and make it difficult to relax and sleep at night. Acupuncture relieves physical discomfort while also reducing soreness and inflammation without the need of medications.

“ Acupuncture is miraculous, it’s incredible how my back releases the tension then leaves my body. I just feel wonderful afterwards.” – Elisa Chan, client of Alive Wellness.

Evidence from research for the benefits of acupuncture is growing. Clinical research in Norway has found that business employees suffering from neck and shoulder pain who received a course of acupuncture treatment felt the benefits for up to 3 years afterwards. Researchers all over the world are discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of health conditions.

Acupuncture and Stress

Acupuncture reduces stress by increasing the flow of Qi throughout the body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, stress or workload can hinder or block the body’s energy flow. Many health problems can result from this blockage, including headaches, restlessness, muscle tension, and irritability. As a result, enhancing Qi mobility within the body generates relief as well as emotions of comfort and consolation. 

Acupuncture has been shown to lower stress hormone levels and improve mood, both of which help to ease anxiety. This enhances overall happiness and lessens stress in a person’s life. 

Acupuncture at Alive Wellness

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can treat a wide range of conditions by focusing on the root of the imbalance rather than just the symptoms. Once restored to proper balance, the body can better heal itself.

Acupuncture treatment is available for a wide range of conditions including: Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), Arthritis, Asthma, Bell’s palsy, Back and neck pain, Knee pain, Depression, Digestive disorders, Endocrine disorders, Fertility disorders (female and male), Headaches, Hypertension, Insomnia, Nausea and vomiting, Pain in dentistry, Respiratory disorders, Stress, Tennis elbow, Ulcers.

Alive Wellness provides a variety of treatments which help you to gain your optimal wellbeing. If you’re one of the many business professionals experiencing stress and pain at work, let us be with you on this wellness journey and experience the magic acupuncture brings. 

Alice Yuen

Alice Yuen is available Monday to Saturday at Alive Wellness. For those who want to begin their holistic wellness journey, please contact our front desk for booking enquiries.

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