The relationship between stress and musculoskeletal dysfunction is well documented but we often forget to address stress as part of the management of pain. In a world where we are expected to do more and more and people seem to be busier and busier there is a real need to look at our stress levels and what we can do to reduce them. Here’s a few ideas to get you kickstarted:
A discipline that involves turning the mind and attention inward and focussing on a single thought, feeling, image or object. Regular mediation has long been associated with reducing stress and improving health and well-being. The following article is a great practical guide to introducing meditation to your life. http://www.abc.net.au/health/library/stories/2012/10/25/3617513.htm
A type of meditation – this is the practise of bringing one’s attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis. So often we are caught up in thinking about the hundred things we have to do or worrying about the future, we are unable to process the present moment. The following site gives some great easy exercises to improving your mindfulness.
Regular exercise produces positive endorphins and increases your overall health and sense of well-being. Whether it’s walking, running, swimming, cycling (just ask our Ride to Conquer Cancer ambassador Jacque Beros), yoga, pilates, sport or group fitness it will improve your physical and mental health. If you would like some assistance or inspiration with your exercise programme have a chat to your practitioner.
Sleep and stress are often linked with one obviously effecting the other. Increased stress levels can lead to poorer sleeping habits which decreases coping mechanisms to deal with stress and so the cycle continues. The following article has some great information to help your sleeping patterns.
If you would like some assistance managing your stress please talk to your practitioner who may be able to help or recommend someone who can.
If you would like to book an appointment with the team at Langer Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Occupational therapy Wembley, Perth Western Australia call (08) 9382 3466.