With Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming to an end, it’s important to remember that keeping an eye on the health of our breasts is crucial all year round, not just in October. One in eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. In fact, Bed of Nails’ founder, Carina, is a breast cancer survivor. Read more about her story and how acupressure helped her on her journey to wellness here.
Luckily, when caught in its earliest, localized stages, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. That’s why regular breast checks both at home and with a doctor are so important. But what else can we be doing to detect and reduce the risk of this disease?
Of course certain factors, such as aging or your family history, are beyond your control, but you can reduce your breast cancer risk by prioritizing your overall health. Staying active, avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol with moderation are all ways to optimize a healthy body.
Emerging research also suggests that stress reduction through techniques like acupressure may play a significant role in reducing the risk of breast cancer.
Acupressure is a traditional Indian healing method that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to alleviate tension and promote relaxation. While it is not a substitute for medical treatment or regular breast exams, acupressure can complement other wellness practices.
The Correlation Between Stress and Health
Chronic stress can have detrimental effects on the body. High stress levels may lead to hormonal imbalances, immune system suppression, and inflammation, all of which can influence breast tissue. Furthermore, stress might lead to unhealthy lifestyle habits such as poor diet, lack of exercise, or increased alcohol consumption, which can also contribute to breast health concerns.
How Acupressure Can Help with Stress Reduction
Acupressure involves the application of gentle but firm pressure to specific acupoints along the body's energy pathways, known as meridians. Using Bed of Nails’ products stimulates these points, promoting the flow of vital energy (Qi) and helping the body relax, reducing stress and tension. This, in turn, can support overall health, including breast health.
Bed of Nails Acupressure Supports
Stress Reduction: Laying on your Bed of Nails Acupressure Mat can aid in reducing stress and anxiety levels, helping to restore hormonal balance and reduce the potential impact of stress on breast health.
Immune System Support: By alleviating stress, acupressure may enhance the immune system's function, potentially improving the body's ability to defend against illnesses and maintain optimal breast health.
Pain Management: Some women experience back pain or discomfort, especially during certain stages of their menstrual cycle. Using the Bed of Nails Acupressure Strap on your back or abdomen can be used to alleviate this discomfort and improve overall comfort.
Improved Circulation: Proper circulation is essential for breast health, as it ensures nutrients are delivered to the breast tissue and waste products are removed. Acupressure can enhance circulation, supporting healthy breast function.
While acupressure is generally safe, it's recommended to consult with a qualified practitioner or healthcare professional before beginning any new wellness practice. They can provide personalized guidance and ensure that acupressure is used safely and effectively as part of an overall strategy for stress reduction and maintaining a healthy body.
Reducing stress is an essential component of maintaining health in our entire bodies, including our breasts. Acupressure, a time-tested technique for stress reduction, can play a complementary role in reducing the risk of breast cancer by promoting relaxation, hormonal balance, and overall well-being. When combined with regular breast exams and a healthy lifestyle, Bed of Nails Acupressure may contribute to a holistic approach to breast health.