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Physiotherapy can improve Sleep
Sleep is something that we all need, and the quality of sleep we get can have a great impact on our daily lives. When we are well rested, we are usually more productive, nicer to be around, and generally better at handling the challenges of the day.
What We Can Do
We tend to think of our body as being a group of parts strung together. But this is a completely false approach. Physiotherapy aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. Professional physiotherapists are committed to their patients’ health, lifestyle and quality of life. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions. In simple terms, your physiotherapist is a specialist mechanic for the human body. A physiotherapist uses natural physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore your well-being so that you can perform and enjoy your chosen sport, work or everyday activities.
Physiotherapists look at the body as a whole in order to determine why patients are not getting as restful a night as they need. After asking questions to determine if there are any external factors such as stress or worry causing sleep-issues, physiotherapists can examine you physically to make sure your posture is not hindering your rest.
What You Can Do
Poor sleep can lead to stress, anxiety and depression. Improving your sleep can help with reducing pain, reducing muscle tension, improving immune function, mood, energy and overall general health. It is a good idea to develop a ‘sleep routine’––in the evenings you should start a consistent wind-down routine which can help you fall asleep more quickly and reliably.
Exercise also helps with sleep, and your physiotherapist can work with you to develop a program to increase your activity. Engaging in exercise under the advice of a physiotherapist has the added benefit of helping to work out in a way that minimises the strain to your body, thus reducing the risk of injuries that could also disrupt your sleep. For a restful night and a stress free day you could also try a few relaxation exercises as well. This is highly recommended if you wake up during the night and can’t get back to sleep.
The possible reasons behind your back pain or lower back pain might be your poor choice of mattress and pillow combination. Improving your sleep starts by choosing a bed that will support your spine and body. Depending on your sleeping habits, your pillows also must provide adequate neck, spine or shoulder support. Our qualified physiotherapist at Physio Medicine should be able to recommend pillows and beds to fit your current needs and refer you to sleep specialists if necessary.
Make Your Move
At Physio Medicine, it is our goal to provide you with the highest quality treatment, so you can return to the activities you enjoy in life. We work with you in not only how to recover from your current injury, but also how to prevent them in the future. During your first visit to Physio Medicine, your physiotherapist will do a thorough assessment of your strength, flexibility, posture, joint integrity and movement patterns. We will then develop an individualised treatment strategy that matches your personal goals and improves your overall well-being. Are you looking for non-medicated way to improve the quality of your sleep? Why not pay a visit to our clinic and find out how we can help you? Book your appointment today.