Pain Attributed to Stress
Everyone experiences stress in their daily life, whether it is from work or personal life. Chronic levels of stress can lead to detrimental effects on our bodies involving the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system, and reproductive system. Physical therapy and chiropractic care can help with more than pain management; our providers can offer techniques to assist in decreasing chronic stress levels and add balance back into the body.
5 ways to reduce chronic levels of stress in the body:
1. Changing Positions Throughout the Day
Prolonged sitting can lead to deconditioning of all bodily systems, and can lead to risks such as an increase in overall mortality, decrease in cardiovascular, psychological, and musculoskeletal health, as well as an increase in obesity. Physical therapists and chiropractors can educate you on ways to stand up and move throughout your day in a way that won’t interrupt your daily tasks. Some ideas include utilizing a standing desk, walking while talking on the phone, or standing while reading a document.
Physical therapists and chiropractors can create an exercise program specifically for you that targets not only areas of weakness or decreased mobility, but targets the body as a whole. Benefits of exercise include improved psychological health and daily energy, reduced risk of chronic disease and the risk of falls, and improved sleep.
3. Hands-On Manual Therapy
Physical therapists and chiropractors have been educated on many forms of manual therapy to assist with pain management, overall body mobility, and health. Our providers will use techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, and other forms of therapy to assist in the impairments and functional limitations of concern. Manual therapy, when used in conjunction with other approaches, can be used to help musculoskeletal injuries, decrease anxiety, and promote relaxation throughout the body.
4. Breathing Techniques
Our breathing patterns can be controlled by a specific part of the nervous system called the autonomic nervous system. Changing our breathing patterns can help promote “rest and digest” aspects of our nervous system, and lessen the “fight or flight” response. This will help decrease overall stress in the body. Physical therapists can teach you these breathing techniques to create more balance within the nervous system, and decrease overall chronic levels of stress hormones within the body.
5. Social Benefits
Most people attend physical therapy for assistance with pain management, but what patients often find is a friendly atmosphere and conversation. Our staff listens to each person’s story, gives advice, and creates a setting where the patients feel comfortable and successful in their work to achieve their goals. Being in such a positive environment helps boosts the feeling of well being.
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