Stress and osteopathy
This article is written to help you create a better foundation that is necessary in order to best deal with your daily stress.
There are many methods at your disposal to help you control it. In this way, you won’t see stress as something inevitable!
A good diet
The benefits of fruits and vegetables are no surprise to anyone. This is thanks to their richness in oligo elements (copper/zinc/selenium/iodine), vitamins (A/B/C/E) and mineral salts (magnesium/potassium/calcium/phosphorus/iron).
The practice of physical exercise is important. It transforms a nervous stress into physical one, which is easily treatable with rest. It is recommended to practice some kind of sport three to four times a week for 30 to 40 minutes each time at low endurance and at your own pace.
A good night’s rest
Sleeping at night and being awake during the day are closely linked. In fact, poor quality sleep can bring on functional problems and reduced daytime activity and problems coping with stress during the day will have negative effects on the quality of sleep.
Tobacco is toxic to the organism. It brings with it a lowering of the body’s oxygenation, a destruction of vitamin C and fatigue.
Alcohol is harmful to the liver and those who consume it tend to gain weight. Its consumption usually leads to physical inactivity, which is harmful to psychological stability.
Learning to relax yourself from head to toe, to meet and welcome all the sensations in your body, you’ll be conscious of your tension and you will be able to eliminate your stress progressively.
It’s muscular relaxation that brings us towards a greater consciousness of our body.
I invite you to read an article that was previously written on the stretching of muscles.
To make progress, you’ll have to practice them regularly. You will relax more and more easily, more and more deeply, and you will have longer lasting benefits.
The technique of visualization is a technique that allows us to recall images. Images that are pleasant, peaceful, and of simple happiness will release the brakes of the unconscious mind, to combat fear, develop creative potential and considerably diminish stress.
Visualization releases the secretion of endorphins (that provoke the sensation of wellbeing and have an analgesic effect on pain), reduce arterial and muscular tension, stimulate the immune system, ease and reduce anxiety.
How to do it ?
To profoundly anchor a positive image in yourself, observe your surroundings intensely, as if you were taking a mental photo, the most precise one possible. It’s an image that must bring you serenity, strength, completeness, almost a feeling of the absolute.
Breathing with the stomach allows the diaphragm to do its work. The diaphragm is the principal inspiratory muscle and is situated between the thoracic cage and the abdomen.
How to do it ?
Inhale for three seconds through the nose while inflating the stomach and pushing the belly button out.
Hold your breath for 3 seconds.
Exhale slowly through the mouth while allowing the stomach to deflate, for 6 seconds.
Breathing techniques have the advantage of being able to be practiced anywhere. A quiet space and a few minutes to yourself, that’s all you need!
Inhale the positive, exhale the negative.
Other therapeutic actors
This type of medicine acts by the regulation of the organism’s energy by stimulating specific points on the skin, at the level of the vessels or the meridians, or even certain organs.
Without danger, nor addiction, homeopathy offers efficient solutions to problems of anxiety and stress.
Each stress symptom is associated with an active molecule. It is best to ask for advice from your homeopathic doctor or your pharmacist.
Plant-based medicine is without a doubt the most ancient of natural medical practices.
Sophrology is a technique of personal development that begins with the study of the individual conscience based on each person’s history.
Relaxation techniques are offered to the patient that allows him or her to handle stress and certain situations in daily life.
The goal of the osteopath is to regulate the vegetative nervous system by bringing it back into balance. It’s largely this system that is at the origin of the problems arising from stress.
Because of this, the osteopath employs three different and complementary methods, offering maximum efficiency:
As usual, the techniques are specific to the patient. As well as looking to solve his or her problem, the practitioner will also be hoping to create a long-term change and therefore treat the whole of the body in depth.
Many sessions are usually necessary to create a stable result, but the number will vary depending on the problems encountered.
It is also possible for the patient to consult the osteopath as a preventative measure, as in the case of a dreaded upcoming event such as an examination.
SOFT TISSUE MANIPULATION
Soft tissue manipulation can be used in many different ways. This method is used to evaluate the condition of tissues, ease restrictions, help the body’s fluids (blood, lymph, etc.) flow smoothly and restore function.
Optimal neuro-vascular flow helps to reduce harmful fluid retention and allows the body’s immune system to work more effectively.
Throughout the treatment, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners will continuously check on the state of the body’s tissues. The goal is to gently guide the tissue back to health without over-treating.
As the gentlest osteopathic technique, Cranial Osteopathy is also one of the most significant.
It is used to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its contents. It may also be used to assess and treat the spine, sacrum and other parts of the body. The goal of this technique is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance and optimal neuro-vascular flow surrounding the Central Nervous System and all of its autonomic centers.
Visceral Manipulation is used to effectively treat organs and viscera of the body, including the lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, pancreas, intestines, the bladder and the uterus.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners will gently move the structures themselves and the fascia that surrounds them to restore full movement.
Applied with gentle pressure, visceral manipulation corrections can improve the mobility of an organ, improve neuro-vascular flow surrounding the organ and ultimately help maximize organ function.
OSTEOPATHIC ARTICULAR TECHNIQUE
The osteopathic articular technique, involving gently moving two joint surfaces, is used to reduce muscle spasms, ease neurological irritations, assist in joint mobility and help reduce pain and discomfort.
It is a less forceful technique than joint manipulation.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners will carefully prepare the soft tissues around the treatment area, positioning the patient so that there is minimal (if any) force needed to perform the maneuver.
Having confidence in ourselves, in our capacity to see the world, others, to accept and transform our emotions into something positive, constructive so as to go ahead, project ourselves into the future, to believe in ourselves and to dare, without fear.
This article will have achieved its goal if it allows you to see stress in a different way and to ensure a better management of it.
The osteopath therefore participates in the patient’s wellbeing with his global approach, his patient-specific manipulations and his provided advice so as to help the patient find serenity once more.