Stress Management


Physiotherapists with a special interest in stress management can offer many different types of relaxation therapy including guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, breathing techniques, thought stopping, stretching, Craniosacral Therapy, Dry Needling, massage and general fitness advice.

Role of the Physiotherapist in Stress Management

Anxiety and stress were found to be the most common symptoms, alongside anger, depression and low mood to affect a patient’s mental wellbeing. It is important that clinicians recognise warning signs of these conditions as it has been noted that patients who have psychological complication are more at risk of developing further problems such as increased muscular tension, development of trigger points and reduced function.

After research, within clinical practice, there have been many different interventions used by physiotherapists to overcome these mental barriers. Some of these include; relaxation, imagery, cognitive behavioural therapy, neurological programming and ‘mindfulness-based stress reduction.
However, the 4 which have been more widely used in clinical practice are goal setting, positive self-talk, effective communication, as well as including variation to rehabilitation exercises.

How It Benefits

It is known that on a physiological level, exercise increases the number of endorphins within the body. These hormones are well associated with happiness and contribute to the feeling of wellbeing and comfort. A rise in the level of endorphins within the body creates a feeling of joy, improves a normal appetite and boosts the immune system. This response to endorphins helps reduce the negative effect of stress on the body.

With the increase of prescribed exercise, there is also an increased awareness of stress affecting employees in the workplace. Therefore, there is an emphasis on creating effective work-based exercise programmes aimed at helping people suffering from stress to managing their symptoms more effectively.