The Physical Effects of Anxiety – And How Osteopathy Can Help

How Can Osteopathy Help?

We often think of stress as an emotional problem, but it can manifest itself in a number of ways; not only having an effect on the way you feel and behave but also how your body works. Some of the most common signs of stress include:

  • Neck, shoulder and upper back pain
  • Sleeping problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating
  • Anxiousness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle tensions and pain


Osteopaths believe that regardless of what effects stress has on the body, it is intrinsically linked to the central nervous system. As all functions of the body are controlled by the nervous system, any change to the nervous system can result in illness.

By treated common symptoms of stress, like helping to improve the movement of joints and remove muscle tension, osteopaths can not only treat other symptoms that occur as a result of stress but also the route of these symptoms – the nervous system.

One of the basic beliefs that osteopathy is based upon is that the mind and body are interdependent, so by treating the body, this can have a positive effect on the mind.

When we feel overstretched by work or left feeling anxious about financial deadlines, it’s fair to say that we completely forget about the importance of good posture when our mind is on other problems. As we haunch our shoulders, this can put extra pressure on our bones and joints, leading to pain and tension, and sometimes causing previous complaints to flare up.

However, by treating these problems and releasing the tension, osteopaths can help to make patients feel much better emotionally.

An osteopath working on a client to release tension.
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