Can Occupational Therapy help with anxiety?

9 May, 2022

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in Australia, affecting over 2 million Australians in any given year. Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways, from mild nervousness to panic attacks.
Many people who struggle with anxiety have tried different coping mechanisms without success and may wonder if Occupational Therapy can help.

Can Occupational Therapy help those struggling with anxiety?

Yes, Occupational Therapy can be extremely helpful for those who experience anxiety.

While there are many different types of anxiety disorders, they all share certain features, such as feelings of overwhelming worry, panic, or fear. Through various techniques, Occupational Therapists can teach people with anxiety how to relax their bodies and minds, identify and avoid triggers for anxiety attacks, and develop healthy coping mechanisms. In addition, Occupational Therapy can help people with anxiety learn new skills and find satisfying activities that provide a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Occupational Therapy Help With Anxiety | Gen Physio

What types of physical therapy solutions are available for anxiety?

There are several different types of occupational therapy techniques that can be used to help people with anxiety. Here are some of the most common:

1. Cognitive-behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a technique that helps patients identify and change negative thinking and behaviour patterns.

By helping patients understand the connection between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, cognitive behavioural therapy can help reduce anxiety and improve overall functioning. In addition, cognitive behavioural therapy can also help patients learn new coping skills and develop a more positive outlook on life.

2. Relaxation techniques

Relaxation techniques can help people with anxiety by reducing the level of stress and tension in their bodies. There are many different types of relaxation techniques, including progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and visualisation. By teaching people how to relax their bodies and minds, Occupational Therapists can help them reduce anxiety symptoms.

3. Sensory integration

Sensory integration aims to help those with anxiety become more aware of and regulate their own body’s sensations. This can be done through a variety of techniques, such as massage and exercise.

4. Trigger management

Through trigger management, Occupational Therapists can help people with anxiety learn to identify and avoid situations that may trigger an anxiety attack.

5. Skill building

Occupational Therapists can help people with anxiety develop new skills and find enjoyable activities that provide a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

6. Exercise

Occupational Therapists can also use exercise as part of their treatment plan for clients with anxiety. Several different types of exercises can be helpful, and the therapist will tailor the program to the individual’s needs and preferences.

Exercise can help reduce anxiety by improving mood, increasing energy levels, and providing a distraction from anxious thoughts. It can also help increase social interaction and reduce stress. In addition, exercise has many other health benefits, such as improving sleep quality and helping control weight.


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Are you or someone you know struggling with anxiety? Gen Physio can help. Contact us today to learn more about our mobile occupational therapy services or to book an appointment.

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