What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a generalised mood disorder that results in feelings of apprehension, fear or worry. Anxiety can be characterised into different types which include:
Panic disorder - recurrent panic attacks over a period of one month. Pain attacks are intense periods of fear associated with palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
Generalised anxiety disorder - excessive and unrealistic worry over a period of at least six months, which is associated with difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and sleep problems.
Phobic disorders - intense, irrational fear of certain objects (such as snakes, spiders, or blood) or situations (such as heights, speaking in front of a group, or public places), which may lead to a panic attack.
Anxiety is often caused by stress such as a difficult situation at home, work or school which can affect a person's physical health. Anxiety can cause muscles to tighten which then leads to pain and stiffness.
Physiotherapy treatment plays an important role in the management of anxiety and is effective at reducing tension in your muscles and improving sleep, mood and self-esteem.
Physiotherapy for anxiety
At Physio.co.uk, our physiotherapists provide specialised treatment for anxiety to improve your ability with everyday and recreational activities and enhance your quality of life. Physiotherapy treatment will help manage the physical symptoms of anxiety by:
- Reducing pain and stiffness
- Improving cardiovascular fitness
- Improving quality of sleep
- Enhancing sense of well being
- Facilitating activities important to you
- Structured exercise programme to improve fitness levels and reduce fatigue
- Relaxation techniques such as breathing control and positions of ease.
- Massage to relieve tension
- Muscle stretching to lengthen tight muscles