Are you feeling tense after the recent US elections? You’re not alone!

By now, we are all aware of the recent elections in the USA and although the decision made may not directly affect us over here in the UK – yet, somehow, we all seem to share in the stresses and tensions that follow.

Through our experiences we’ve come to understand that many things in our daily lives are able to have profound affects on us. Whether it’s something as real and physical as falling over and becoming injured or whether it is as subconscious as a feeling… and that feeling being stress.

In today’s society, we have become aware of the consequences stress can have on our minds such as killing brain cells and even reducing the size of our brains! Most of us already know that chronic stress is bad for our mental health and can even have a shrinking effect on the prefrontal cortex, which is the area of our brains responsible for memory and learning. But – what about the physical affects stress can have on our bodies? Are there any? Should we be concerned about our physical health when it comes to stress and not only our mental health?

The answer is, YES.

Often, we neglect or forget the fact that stress does have a physical affect on our bodies too! Stress can cause pain, tightness or soreness in your muscles, as well as spasms of pain. It can lead to flare-ups of symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia and other conditions because stress lowers our threshold for pain. What this means is that your usual dull back ache from sitting at your desk for too long can become excruciating pain when stressed – (it’s no wonder the work seems to become harder when our back seems to hurt more!). The effects of stress in our bodies are said to move through what is described as ‘the tension triangle’ which includes your shoulders, head and jaw. “Stress can trigger tension headaches, tightness in the neck and jaw, and knots and spasms in your neck and shoulders” says Dr. Lang.

According to the American Phycological Association (APA), when you experience stress, your muscles tense up altogether and may remain this way until you are stress free. Seems like an easy enough fix, doesn’t it? Let’s all aim to be stress free and enjoy relaxed tension free bodies with fluid movement! But how you might ask?

With daily workloads, we are all bound to run into unavoidable stress goading situations – meaning sometimes it will be impossible to remain stress free, no matter how much we may want to be. This is why some of us out there may need a little help when it comes to relieving our muscle tensions and aches. Whether you are stressed to the max and can feel the affects in your body or you are just someone who feels stiff and less mobile due to working from home, Physiotherapy and/or Pilates can help you!

With Christmas around the corner and the UK currently in a lock-down, its never been more important to take care of both your physical and mental health. A lot of us felt the ill affects after the first lock-down this year and haven’t really been able to recover from it. Whether, the new sedentary life style leaded you to weight gain or instead it led you to becoming less able to do the things you used to pre-lockdown, Physio or Pilates sessions are the answer. Many of us are now working from home and due to the nature of working from home, being sat in one position with little to no movement in between the day, it can be very taxing to our bodies. It is important to counter-act this new sedentary lifestyle by doing all we can when we are away from the desk!

At ALO Physiotherapy clinic we provide a service of care and are here for both your physical and mental well-being at this time. We are open throughout the lock- down as usual so if you notice your body getting those same aches and pains you recognise from the last lock-down, be kind to yourself. At the moment we are offering a new service expressly designed for office workers like you, stuck at home once again wishing you was able to move around like you might have done just a matter of days ago! With ‘Premium Restorative Therapy’ you can help your body before the aches and pains kick in this time and you’ll be able to keep the ‘working from home body’ at bay.

Our Premium Restorative Physiotherapy combines programmes, therapies, and treatments – all with individual targeted areas of recovery for your body. Our new service is solely aimed at relieving you of the current stresses and tensions your body may be suffering as a result of this new lock-down, but also the affects you may still be suffering with from the first!

Your session will include: 

  • Hands on physio 
  • Vibration Therapy 
  • Tecar Therapy 
  • Massage
  • Exercise programme  
  • Wellbeing programme  
  • Maintenance programme  

Our Premium Restorative Physiotherapy treatment will be performed exclusively by Andre De Oliveira the founder of ALO, during a thorough and relaxing 1 hour and a half session. The session will not only target the high-tension areas of your body but the calming nature of the treatment will also benefit your mental well-being, and we know both the physical and mental health’s can be affected by stress.

Now is the perfect time for you to treat your body to some TLC, as Black Friday approaches and we will be offering 30% off on all of our services for an entire week. Be kind to your body during this second lock down and ensure to carve out some ‘me time’ no matter how busy you become – always prioritise health. Whether you choose to treat yourself to a much-needed session of Premium Restorative Therapy, or you would prefer to enjoy a physio led class of Pilates to really teach you the movements that will help strengthen your body. Ensure to take care of yourself this time, and your body will thank you!