There are many benefits to Physiotherapy. It can help you improve flexibility, strength and prevent further injury, but it also has proven benefits to stress relief, anxiety and mental well-being.
Here we explore a little known benefit of physiotherapy – stress relief.
What effect does stress have on the body?
Many of us struggle with day to day life, until eventually we seek a release. Some people join a gym, or try yoga, others continue on, not finding the right avenue to explore.
When we find ourselves in stressful situations our bodies release hormones called adrenaline and noradrenaline which your body uses to heighten senses leading us to a fight or flight situation.
In cases of extreme stress or prolonged stressful situations, our bodies release the hormone cortisol.
The effect stress has on our body can be harmful, and not dealing with it in the correct way can lead to –
- Muscle tightness
- Pain in the upper torso (including neck and shoulder)
It can also contribute to problems such as –
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Obesity and diabetes
This is why it is important to find something that suits you, and if you haven’t yet explored physiotherapy then here’s why it can help!
How can physiotherapy help with stress, mindfulness and well-being?
As well as the other benefits physio provides, it can also help you manage and reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels, improve your sleep, ease depression and helps you manage stressful situations more effectively.
Relaxation techniques and posture training improve sleep quality, which in turn helps reduce stress sensitivity, meaning you are far more likely to deal better with a stressful situation.
Exercise is well known as an antidepressant and physiotherapy should not be ruled out when improving your quality of life.
What other benefits can physiotherapy provide?
Physiotherapy can help in many ways, from simply managing stress levels to recovery after suffering a stroke. It can also prevent injury leading to surgery.
It can also help manage both pain and stress levels for those suffering with chronic pain.
We recently covered the story of Robert Snape who had spent 20 years suffering with chronic back pain, which eventually and sadly drove him to commit suicide.
Research suggests 50% of people suffering from chronic pain also struggle with depression and anxiety.
What else can my physio do to help reduce stress and anxiety?
Massage those blues away
With a massage, a caring, safe touch is an invitation to relax. This, together with pain relief, generally produces a “relaxation response.”
The relaxation response is a state in which your heart and breathing rate slow, your blood pressure goes down, your production of stress hormones decreases, and your muscles relax. The relaxation response also seems to increase the available level of serotonin, which is a chemical in the body that positively affects emotions and thoughts. While this information is promising, more studies are needed to directly confirm the relationship between massage and levels of serotonin in the brain.
The relaxation response may decrease the physical effects of stress and reduce the risks associated with stress, such as hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety, insomnia, persistent fatigue, sexual dysfunction, digestive disorders, and psychological issues – to name a few.
Improved circulation can enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. As cellular health improves, tissues function more efficiently. More efficient functioning leads to the removal of waste products and may increase the absorption of excess fluids and reduce swelling in soft tissues.
Massage is believed to improve blood and lymph circulation. This is probably due partly to the physical manipulation of soft tissue and partly to the chemicals released as part of the relaxation response.
Aimed to restore the balance and well-being of your health, many people find it to be helpful in dealing with stress and anxiety.
Acupuncture can treat almost any imbalance in your body and so is able to treat for example: chronic diseases, any kind of pain, emotional issues, hormone imbalances, colds and flu, male and female infertility, general wellness etc. See the W.H.O website for all conditions that have been proven through research to be helped by acupuncture.
Freedom Clinics provide a quality service treating both joint and health conditions.
When you choose Freedom Clinics you can be confident that our team of specialist practitioners will offer only the highest standard of service and the widest range of treatments tailored individually to you.
Our treatments and services include:
- Express massage
- Sports massage
- Cranial Osteopathy
- Podiatry & Chiropody
- Shockwave Therapy
- Sports Physician