Given the recent events of 2020, it is hard not to feel stressed during these times. Day to day life already sees us being exposed to a number of events which can build up anxieties – bad traffic, workplace tensions, relationships and economic stresses can all be a contributor. When you are stressed, everything from your concentration through to your immune system can be compromised. It is important to understand how you can prevent this and what you can do to alleviate it.
How myotherapy can reduce stress
Often people feel a tightness in their neck, head and shoulders as a result of stress – and this is where myotherapy can help. Focusing on relieving tension, myotherapy can relax and loosen the muscles around your neck, head and shoulders to relieve pain. Physical pain from other areas of your body may also cause stress, so you can inform your therapist of these at the time of your treatment.
Chronic conditions of stress can often lead to more serious physical effects. For example, people who experience panic attacks and fearful thoughts can experience shortness in breath, accelerated heart rate and excessive sweating. Massage therapy can have an opposing effect, forcing the body to relax by reducing tension, heart rate and promote calmer feelings.
Further to this myotherapy and massage can even improve blood flow, reduce general pain and even improve sleep quality. The accumulation of these benefits can improve both your physical and mental health.
An added benefit of coming in for a myotherapy treatment is that you are forced to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend an hour of your time relaxing. Setting aside as little as 10 – 20 minutes per day to relax can be enough to curb the intensity of stress, so the length of your massage will more than assist.
To gain the most benefits from your myotherapy treatments, at home stretching can be a great take-home activity to accompany your treatments in the clinic. Take a break from your desk or work activity every hour to take a walk and stretch. Be sure to ask your therapist which stretches are the most effective for you.
How often should I get myotherapy?
Receiving regular myotherapy treatment every 2 to 6 weeks can have a hugely beneficial result in releasing tension and reducing stress. However, talking to your therapist is the best way to find out how often and how long you should undertake myotherapy treatments. The intensity of your pain and understanding if your problem is acute or chronic will all contribute to your treatment plan. Our team of therapists are passionate about fixing the underlying cause of your pain and can work with you on your road to a stress-less lifestyle.
If you are experiencing chronic stress, contact your GP to ensure that we can work together on your larger health goals. Call Northern Myotherapy at 03 9078 9953 to get started today!