How can Osteopathy help to reduce stress levels?
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. The good news is that Osteopathy can help to reduce stress levels!
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 on the body and the mind. This can have a huge impact on helping to reduce stress levels.
Here are some common signs of stress that Osteopathy can help to reduce
- 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
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 osteopathy treatment, your osteopath may offer lifestyle advice concerning posture, diet, exercise or sporting technique to further reduce stress levels.
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. Check in with your mental well-being at home everyday. Give yourself some TLC if you’re feeling out of sorts, it will go a long way in keeping you fit and well.