Physiotherapy otherwise known as physical therapy by definition deals with physical issues, meaning the body. It is not common knowledge that whatever ails the mind, be it sensory processing problems, depression, or oversensitivity to stress, can be also treated by means of physiotherapy.
Sensory processing problems
Sensory processing is the way in which your brain processes information coming from you senses. If it’s disrupted, you may have difficulty focusing when the environment is unfavourable, for example if it’s too noisy, too bright, or too smelly.
Physiotherapy deals with these issues by training your body’s and your brain’s responses towards the offending stimuli. By exposing you to certain stimuli in a controlled environment, over and over again, you learn to concentrate better and not to overreact.
Physiotherapy helps patients with depression in that it increases the physical strength and firmness of a patient, promotes better blood flow and excretion of feel-good hormones. While it can’t be used as the only treatment in the severe cases of depression, it does well in improving a patient’s general state and motivation levels. It can also boost self-esteem.
The effects of stress on your body and mind are numerous and frightening. Chronic stress affects your spine and joints, your immunity to diseases and your overall mental resilience, among others. It can accumulate in your body and change the pattern of blood flow, making some areas stiff and undernourished. This is where physiotherapy helps. It releases tension in those places and restores the natural, healthy blood circulation.