Online Myofascial Support for Body & Mind
Times are strange and we are now all living with a lot more uncertainty than 12 months ago. According to independent charity The Health Foundation 69% of adults in the UK feel somewhat or very worried about the effect Covid-19 is having on their life.
One of the most common issues affecting their wellbeing is feeling stressed or anxious. Pandemic restrictions mean the loss of normal coping mechanisms and support networks for many people. Anything that adversely affects mental health will also impact on physical health, and vice versa.
In the case of chronic pain, these factors are undoubtedly magnified. Anyone who is living with chronic pain, irrespective of the actual condition, will have times where their pain is unbearable. Millions of chronic pain sufferers find their pain adversely affects their lives – at home, leisure and work. In addition to pain, many people also experience other unwelcome symptoms such as loss of movement and strength; fatigue; insomnia; anxiety & depression.
Due to the pandemic many people are experiencing an increase in their chronic pain as they no longer able to access their normal support network. This may be because their GP can only provide telephone consultations, their usual therapist may be closed or only worked limited hours, or they don’t have any clear idea of what self-help exercises they can do at home that will help and not cause a flare of their symptoms.
Where a person’s main therapy is myofascial release, it is likely that their therapist has been closed or only able to offer restricted treatments during the pandemic. Sanitisation and PPE requirements keep everyone safe when in clinic, but they create their own limitations in terms of therapeutic touch and conversation.
Increasingly people are turning to online support and there has been an explosion of online appointments, classes and exercise videos over the last few months. The issue for people with chronic pain is that generalised advice is exactly that, it’s too general and not specifically adapted to the limitations sometimes brought about by chronic pain conditions.
Fortunately myofascial release is not just a therapy in the clinic as the approach adapts well to the online world in the form of specialised self-help advice. As a mind-body therapy, this means that even online myofascial support can help to address both mental and physical symptoms.
What you should expect from a myofascial release specialist online:
- A therapist who listens to you and asks relevant questions to build a holistic mind-body picture of your current chronic pain;
- Explains your current chronic pain symptoms from a myofascial perspective;
- Assesses your posture to identify areas of restriction and imbalance;
- Demonstrates and guides you through effective myofascial body and mind exercises tailored to your current condition and capabilities;
- Recommends practical products to help enhance your exercises;
- Sends you personalised exercise summaries after each appointment;
- Answers your questions and concerns about your current chronic pain.
Booking a series of online myofascial appointments can provide you with the support and advice you need both now and for the longer term. With time scheduled in-between appointments to practice your exercises, you will develop a personalised myofascial self-help exercise programme targeted to release restrictions and rebalance your mind and body.
Whilst the pandemic has caused additional stresses for many people, it has also opened up new ways in which we can talk, support and share advice. And one of the many great benefits of online myofascial appointments is that it doesn’t matter where in the world you are as geographic location becomes irrelevant – we can still connect!