The Connection Between Stress and Physical Pain: How Physiotherapy Can Help

17 Aug, 2023

From time to time, stress may occur in our lives and if it becomes chronic, it may have a negative impact on our physical and mental health. One way that chronic stress can appear is through physical pain.

When we’re stressed, levels of our cortisol hormone rise, which might lead to heightened inflammation levels in the body potentially resulting in increased pain over time. Our muscles can become tense when we experience stress, causing pain in any number of areas in our bodies.

Additionally, stress can also lead to head and stomach aches, and other types of physical pain, or can worsen existing aches or pain. If you have a chronic pain condition, such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, heightened inflammation levels in the body from stress could lead to more intense pain which can be difficult to manage. The good news is that there are things you can do to manage your stress, decrease inflammation in your body and reduce your overall physical pain. One very effective way to do this is through Physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy for Stress Reduction

Physiotherapy is a type of rehabilitation that uses exercise, manual therapy, and other techniques to improve physical function and reduce pain. Physiotherapists can assist you in identifying the underlying causes of your pain and develop a personalised treatment plan to address them.

Stress and Physical Pain_Physiotherapy

A Physiotherapist can help to reduce stress by encouraging you to be regularly physically active. When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, which have been proven to alleviate pain, decrease stress, and enhance our overall well-being.

Exercise also helps lower cortisol levels, the stress hormone, leading to a reduction in inflammation and stress throughout our bodies.

In addition to supporting physical activity, regular Physiotherapy offers many benefits to help reduce stress:

  • Decrease swelling in specific areas of the body
  • Accelerate the inflammation process
  • Alleviate any pain you may be experiencing
  • Enhance range of movement and strengthen muscles
  • Boost self-esteem, self-worth, and overall quality of life
  • Improve sleep quality which helps stress management
  • Foster a sense of control and accomplishment in your daily activities
Book a Mobile Physiotherapy appointment

If you’re struggling with stress-related pain, Physiotherapy can be a valuable tool for helping you to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Get in touch with our team today at 1300 122 884 to kickstart your Physiotherapy journey and take control of your stress and physical pain.

References

  1. https://www.portea.com/physiotherapy/physiotherapy-for-stress-management/
  2. https://www.physio.co.uk/what-we-treat/musculoskeletal/symptoms/swelling-inflammation.php#:~:text=Physiotherapy%20can%20help%20with%20the,Speeding%20the%20inflammation%20process
  3. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis-1
  4. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/exercising-to-relax#:~:text=The%20mental%20benefits%20of%20aerobic,natural%20painkillers%20and%20mood%20elevators

You may also like…