What is a burnout?
Burnout literally means “being burnt up”, having gone through all the reserves, having no more energy. Burnout is preceded by a combination of frustrations, stress factors and working too hard. The consequence of chronic overburdening is that one has to do more and more effort to keep functioning well. To keep this functioning at a good level, one needs to work harder and harder.

How does a burnout develop?
A burnout usually develops in work situations though a chronic emotional and physical overexertion. One is receiving more burden than one can cope with. This overburden can be both qualitative (if the work is too difficult) or quantitative (if the work is too much). The character of a person also plays a role in the development of burnout.

One can think about the following character traits:
– having difficulty saying no
– wanting to do everything too well
– wanting to be appreciated
– wanting to do more than one can do

What are the symptoms of a burnout?
The most important is fatigue combined with a difficulty falling asleep or sleeping. People suffering from a burnout often have a negative and cynical attitude and a negative self-image. Next to this, the following symptoms could appear: muscle pain, headache, dizziness, nausea, irritability, sombreness, difficulty relaxing, enhanced arousal (being on edge), restlessness and all kinds of nervous tics. Stomach and intestinal symptoms, increased heart rate and respiration, hyperventilation, menstruation- and potency disorders, increased blood pressure, increased cholesterol level and skin conditions, such as eczema.

Which treatments are possible for burnout?
In the first place, it is important to get out of the downward spiral by filling up the tank, getting a breath, getting the rest they need, complementing the energy loss. Moreover, it is important to investigate- often with the help of mental guides- which situation at work is responsible for the development of this downward spiral and how to cope with it, so it could be resolved and the energy leak could be closed.

What can acupuncture do for burnout symptoms?
The strongest symptom for people with burnout is fatigue, the lack of energy.
Acupuncture can help with this. The acupuncturist will puncture certain points that will make the body function better again, and through which energy production will work more effectively.
Acupuncture helps stock up the energy supplies. When you get more energy, all physiological processes in the body will work better again, so the symptoms connected to the “arousal” (being on alert) can decrease. By this, we mean the symptoms such as: insomnia, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, muscles that are too tense etc. The patient can relax more and through this can look in a more relaxed manner at his or her situation and investigate how he or she got into this downward spiral.

Acupuncture is a great help for pain symptoms
According to the vision of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pain symptoms appear due to the energy flow (Qi) and the Blood (Xue) not flowing well. If someone has too little energy, this energy cannot flow well. The water stagnates.
With body energy this is the same. By restoring this stagnation, the acupuncture promotes the flow of energy and blood and the pain disappears.

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