Osteopathy is able to work indirectly on the balance of the nervous system, going to “inhibit” or “stimulate” the sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system through specific techniques.
Having a tension in the cervical area can cause an alteration of the signal quality of one of the most important nerves we have, the vagus nerve. Its course goes from the base of the skull through the jugular foramen, until it innervates most of the visceral organs.
By acting directly on the cervical tension caused by stress, a parasympathetic response is obtained which will result in a decrease in muscle tone and a better balance of the nervous system.
Another area often affected in stressful situations is the rib cage and the ability to breathe properly. Often there is a feeling of shortness of breath and tightness in the breastbone. This is an effect due to over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system.
Thanks to specific techniques on the ribs and diaphragm, the osteopath manages to restore respiratory capacity and above all obtains an improvement in the tone of the sympathetic nervous system throughout the body.
Osteopathy acts on the effects of chronic stress by improving the osteo-muscular, visceral and fascial component of the body and restoring physiology and homeostasis.
In order to reduce the effects of stress, the osteopath will be able to advise you to improve your lifestyle, carry out more suitable physical activity for you, or even refer you to colleagues such as psychologists and nutritionists who are essential for fighting stress.
A 360-degree approach is needed to obtain a more effective result.