Using Osteopathic Techniques As Ways To Feel Less Stressed

Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives. But many may wonder what to do when this stress overwhelms us.

In this article, we will explain some osteopathic techniques that can be used to help treat the effects of stress.

At Osteopathy For All, our osteopaths focus on the body and mind, as a whole. We understand that every part of the body is connected. By treating the physical body, you can get a positive effect on your mental well-being to help you feel better emotionally.

How Can Osteopathy Be Used to Feel Less Stressed?

When the body is under constant stress, your muscles can remain tense for long periods of time. Muscles are not designed to do this and so it can lead to them getting fatigued and causing aches and pains as well as conditions such as headaches.

Osteopaths use a variety of gentle techniques to help ease tight muscles. By releasing tension and allowing the body to relax, this helps to calm the central nervous system.  This physical relaxation will help your body to feel more comfortable and you may notice that you feel more mentally alert.

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Another area of the body which is affected by long-term stress is the respiratory system. When the ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered, our breathing becomes faster. To help treat this, we recommend using breathing techniques to lower your heart rate. Use your breath as an anchor within the body and help relieve stress and tension. These techniques can be done anywhere and at any time you need to. Here are a few exercises to help you get started at home.

Stress can also lead to tightening of the muscles surrounding the gut, affecting the digestive system. This can cause bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, which can leave you feeling uncomfortable and in pain. Our osteopaths are able to gently release this tension aiding digestion. We would also recommend that you stay active and keep moving to help with digestion.

Help with Long-Term Stress Management

The techniques mentioned above are great for treating the symptoms of stress. However, to overcome chronic stress, you need to think about management in the long-term and deal with both the physical and mental aspects.

Let us take you through a few ways to feel less stressed over a prolonged period of time.

Mindfulness is the practice of using the present moment to become aware of things around you, including your own feelings. Mindfulness practices include colouring, walking, journaling and meditation. Here are a few meditation practices to help you feel calmer.

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Another way to reduce your stress is to make sure you are getting enough sleep. Good sleep is the foundation of good health. It can be difficult to relax when you’re feeling overwhelmed but there are a few things you can try help. These include ‘brain dumping’ type of journaling, having a bedtime routine and preparing your room for sleep. Find out more here, where we recommend some strategies for better sleep.

A big part of tackling long term stress comes down to understanding how you respond to stressful events. By including activities that build resilience you will be able to overcome the effects of negative thoughts and begin to think more positively. This does not mean that you should ignore unpleasant situations but it means you will become more able to tackle these problems face on and as a result, feel less stressed about dealing with similar situations again.

You Don’t Need to Suffer Alone

We encourage everyone who is feeling overwhelmed with stress to seek help. At Osteopathy For All, we offer consultations and continue to support our clients and the wider community with osteopathic services.

Osteopathy can be used to help manage the symptoms of stress and we will provide you with exercises and advice to help outside of appointments.

To help you to continue your self-care after your treatment, we have put together a Stress Busting Package. With tools such as affirmation cards, essential oils and Epsom salts, it has been designed to have everything you need to tackle stress.

Book four consecutive treatments to receive our Stress Busting Package for free. Please note, you can attend your first appointment and book three more whilst there, and still receive this package of care.

Visit our appointments page, call us on 01825 840582 or email hello@osteopathyforall.co.uk to speak to one of our team.