Most people think of physiotherapy as just taking care of your physical body but how often do we say ‘my neck pain is probably caused by stress at work or by the kids’? There are a number of psychological factors that can contribute to our aches and pains. People can hold their stress and tension in a number of different physical areas including the neck, upper back, lower back, glutes and it can even manifest as headaches and migraines.
I find, that to get the best results for my clients I have to consider their lifestyles and families. What hobbies do they love to do? What sort of relationship do they have with their kids? Is work enjoyable or a drag? Do they suffer from anxiety or depression? All these factors can contribute to how well they recover from their physical pain. I also acknowledge that some of these issues are well beyond my domain and will happily refer to a psychologist for a more holistic approach.
Acknowledging that your pain may be a result of holistic factors can often help speed up the recovery process and it also helps us tune in to your brains way of learning and thinking so we can educate you on how to prevent your pain from returning. We can then set goals that both parties think are achievable and lay out a strategy on how we are going to achieve those goals in a particular time frame.
If you need help setting goals to get rid of your aches and pains feel free to contact the clinic on 9674 5596.
Deborah Chen, Physiotherapist