How does physical therapy reduce stress?

Stress is present in everyone’s life, whether from work or a personal relationship. Chronic stress can negatively affect the body’s neural, cardiovascular, digestive, and reproductive systems, which is why it’s essential to keep stress levels in check. In addition to relieving pain, physical therapists can offer treatments to help reduce chronic stress and restore equilibrium to the body.

It is possible to alleviate chronic stress in the body with physical therapy in five different methods:

Learning about how changing positions during the day can be beneficial to your health and well-being:

Sitting for long periods can de-condition the body as a whole, increasing hazards such as an increase in overall mortality, decreased cardiovascular, mental, and physical well-being, and increased obesity. It is possible to learn from physical therapists how to stand up and move throughout the day without disrupting your normal activities. One option is to get a stand-up desk; another is to walk while on the phone; another is to stand when reading.
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Physical therapists can design an exercise regimen that targets weak or restricted portions of your body and the entire organism. Exercising has numerous advantages, including a reduction in the risk of chronic disease and the likelihood of tripping and falling, as well as an increase in the improvement of one’s sleep.

Manual Therapy:

Physical therapists are trained in various manual treatment techniques to help alleviate pain, increase mobility, and improve general health. Therapies like massage, muscle energy techniques, joint mobilization, etc., can address the impairments and functional restrictions that physical therapists are concerned with. Manual therapy benefits musculoskeletal injuries, and it can also help reduce stress and enhance well-being throughout the body when used in conjunction with other treatments.

Breathing Tips & Tricks:

The autonomic nervous system governs our breathing patterns. Altering breathing patterns can reduce our neurological system’s “fight or flight” reaction, resulting in less stress on the body as a whole. Physical therapists can teach you these breathing techniques to improve your nervous system’s equilibrium and reduce the body’s chronic levels of stress hormones.
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Many people go to physical therapy to get help with pain management, but they’ll also find a welcoming environment and the opportunity to socialize. Physical therapists take the time to get to know their patients, listen carefully to their stories, offer suggestions and assistance when needed, and create an environment encouraging their patients to succeed in their treatment plans. Spending time in a happy setting boosts your self-esteem.

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