Osteopathy can help to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems to relieve symptoms of prolonged stress. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response, and the parasympathetic nervous system restores a state of calm, so it’s important to have a balance between the two. Your osteopath can also talk you through some breathing exercises you can use to help you in times of stress.
We all feel stressed at times. However, prolonged stress can be tough on the body and mind. Your osteopath can make sure you’re better equipped to deal with stress, improving your day-to-day life.
What symptoms might you be experiencing?
Prolonged stress can cause you to experience the following symptoms:
- Increased sweating
- Heart palpitations
- Breathing difficulties
- Raised, stiff shoulders
Many of these symptoms can also be attributed to other conditions. If you’re feeling stressed, it’s important you seek help from professionals such as the team at OsteoWellbeing. We can make sure you rule out other causes, and provide the treatment you need to deal with stress effectively and relieve your symptoms.
What can be causing your symptoms?
- Overactive sympathetic system
- Tightness in ribs and shoulder muscles
- Tightness around your jaw and head
You don’t have to keep living with ongoing stress. We help people with their symptoms all the time – you can return to a calmer, more balanced state, free from uncomfortable symptoms, with the help of a professional.
How can osteopathy help you with stress?
Osteopathy can help you find ways to deal with stress, as well as helping to relieve the unpleasant physical symptoms it can leave you with.
Help to ensure your body
is in the best possible posture. This means all signals going from the brain to the body can get through properly.
Release the ribs and muscles
surrounding the neck and torso, so you can breathe properly and get all the oxygen you need. This can be done using stretching, articulation and muscle energy techniques.
Help you work on your breathing,
giving you tools to deal with stress in the long term. Your osteopath can show you breathing exercises to do during your session and at home, which can help you in moments of stress.
Calm down the sympathetic system,
which will help those suffering with the effects of chronic stress. This can be done with some soft tissue massage, and inhibition of the structures surrounding the thoracic spine.
Tips for dealing with stress
to find out what is stressing you out, then thinking of ways to reduce that stress. Talk this through with someone else, as they may have ideas you never thought about!
Temple Spa ‘Quietude’ sprays to help ensure your environment is giving you the best possible chance of relaxing. You can pop in and buy one from our clinic.
It’s important you talk to a professional if you’re feeling stressed, making sure you have effective coping mechanisms.
Our team will be happy to help you work towards a more stress-free life.
helping our patient deal with stress
See how we helped our patient improve her physical and mental wellbeing.
Our patient came to OsteoWellbeing with shoulder and neck pain. During her case history the patient mentioned she was going through a stressful time at work where she felt she was being bullied, and she was involved in a complaints procedure about it. Then, during her examination, she burst into tears due to the stress the work situation was causing her. It was clear this stress was having a huge impact on both her mental and physical wellbeing!
After some treatment for our patient’s physical symptoms, we also worked on calming the system in your body that gets activated when you are stressed for a long period of time. We could not do anything about her work situation directly, but we helped by listening to her and providing a space where she could feel heard and looked after.
We gave her exercises she could do at home to help improve her posture, as well as breathing exercises to help keep her calm at times of stress. The treatments helped the patient immensely and not only is she now in a job she loves, she tells us she feels a lot more confident. She’s moved further away from the clinic, making physical treatment difficult, but we keep in regular contact for little catchups.
What did our patient think?
Süheyla offers quality services, professionalism, punctuality and a warm friendly environment every time. I have noticed significant improvements in my (L) shoulder and body, since having treatment. I was very happy with my progress, so I booked on to a weekly reasonably priced longer-term programme. Thank you so much Süheyla you have given me back my confidence and changed my life.
How else can we help?
Shoulder, hip and knee pain
Do you get pain in your shoulder, hip or knee? We can help correct these issues for you.
Lower back and neck pain
We can help with back and neck pain by decreasing pressure on the spine and correcting your posture.
We can help with these issues by decompressing your spine, allowing your damaged disc to retract.
Osteopathy can improve foot and ankle alignment so that plantar fasciitis can heal. We can also provide you with insoles to help prevent problems reoccurring.
We can help improve neck posture and release the surrounding muscles to ease those headaches.
Osteopathy can help to release the sciatic nerve which could be causing your symptoms, giving you relief and helping with your recovery.
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Osteopathy can help increase your range of motion and decrease the pain you’re feeling in your elbow.
Bad posture can cause a huge range of symptoms. Osteopaths can help to diagnose these issues and correct your posture.
Osteopaths can help diagnose what is causing damage to nerves, treating the affected area and referring you to the right specialist if needed.
Osteopathy can help slow down the process of degeneration that leads to arthritis.
Osteopathy can help the body to repair sports injuries quicker and prevent them happening again, getting you back to your training.
Aches and pains during pregnancy
Osteopathy can help restore posture and offer relief from pain during pregnancy, as well as getting the body ready for labour.