Physiotherapy for Anxiety and to support your mental health

Before you consider Physiotherapy for anxiety, I would like to explain the common causes, symptoms and possible solutions available to you.

Many of us live in a permanent state of fight or flight; possibly because of previous traumas, or the stresses of everyday modern life. If our system is already on high alert, it does not take much in the way of extra stress to tip us over the edge into full-blown panic or meltdown.

Your system carries tissue and cell memory. This does not record only past physical traumas, but the associated emotions too. This is why some situations instantly catapult us back to old memories, feelings, or reactions.

If you have suffered a trauma, your fascial system and subconscious mind will have recorded the position that you were in at that point. Your mind then associates that particular position with danger or pain, so it will try to avoid it as much as possible. Have you ever noticed that some movements have a funny kink in them, or that if you try to do a certain movement it doesn’t feel safe, so you just don’t do it?

As far as your mind is concerned, the danger that you are reacting to doesn’t have to have actually happened. You know that feeling when you think that the truck is going to hit your car? Or when you are riding and your horse suddenly spooks and you think that you are going to be thrown? The shot of adrenaline that flies through your system at that moment when you think that you are going to get seriously hurt is as real as the adrenaline that is released when you are actually injured.

In this way, old injuries and traumas (physical or emotional) lead to compensations that can affect you every day of your life. So it doesn’t take much to shift your body from just about coping into spasm, pain, and inflammation. The thing that pushes you over your limit is often stress.

Stress has become the normal state for many of us, and over time it has an effect on your mind and body. Your brain interprets the tension as a sign of danger, and keeps the sympathetic nervous system on high alert. This cycle of chronic stress can lead to depression, pain, tightness, fatigue, and breathing and digestive problems. Your fight-or-flight response is only meant to be in place for a couple of hours or days at the most. However, a lot of people are living in a permanent state of fight or flight, which affects their physical and emotional health.

If your stress response continues, it stops being helpful and can damage your health, immunity, mood, and quality of life, adding to the feelings of stress and anxiety. Then it is quite easy to trigger an extreme reaction like a panic attack or hyperventilation. It may also result in phobias.

Physiotherapy for anxiety can help to reduce your symptoms and also treat the cause.

If you would like to discuss options for Physiotherapy treatment, please feel free to contact us via this website or give us a call on 01279 718331.

Holisticare is a UK based treatment centre, situated in a beautiful, rural Hertfordshire and Essex border location, with easy access via London and Cambridge rail and road links.

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