How can Osteopathy help with stress?
National Stress Awareness Day helps people to overcome and prevent stress in their everyday lives. Stress is our body’s reaction to being under too much mental or emotional pressure. We often think of stress as an emotional condition affecting the way we feel and behave, but it can manifest in various physical ways too, altering how our body feels.
Here are some common signs of stress
- Neck and shoulder tension
- Back pain
- Low energy
- Upset stomach, including diarrhoea, constipation, and nausea.
- Poor posture
- Frequent colds and infections
- Chest pains and rapid heartbeat
One of the basic principles of Osteopathy is based on the notion that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. When this system is brought back into full function, it has a positive effect not only on the body but also on the mind, which can have a huge impact on helping to reduce stress levels.
Osteopaths use a variety of gentle, manual techniques such as physical manipulation, stretching, massage, muscle energy techniques and joint articulation to treat patients. Touch itself can have a calming, therapeutic effect on the mind and body, helping to improve sleep and therefore helping you to tackle any pressures with a clear head the next day.
Alongside your physical treatment, your osteopath can also offer lifestyle advice concerning posture, diet, exercise or sporting technique to aid recovery, promote health and prevent the risks of symptoms recurring.
At East Sussex Osteopaths we often treat patients for stress related symptoms. Sometimes symptoms can be less obviously linked to stress, so it’s worth booking a checkup with your Osteopath as well as checking in with your mental well-being at home, giving yourself some of that much needed TLC if you’re feeling out of sorts, it will go a long way in keeping you fit and well.