More than just a fix for pain, focus physiotherapies can help people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or depression, and can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression symptoms.
Dr David Daley from the University of Queensland says focus physiognomies are also used for people who have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“They can help manage stress levels, manage anxiety levels, and also reduce the number of symptoms you may have of anxiety,” he says.
“They’re particularly useful for people with depression because they can help improve their mood and improve their overall quality of life.”
“There are a lot of things that are associated with depression and anxiety, like poor sleep and poor sleep quality, and people with a lot more of these symptoms may be more susceptible to depression and they might feel more stressed.”
Dr Daley says focusing physiotherapy can help with anxiety as well.
“We know that focusing on the muscles, the heart, the mind, is very important,” he said.
“So focusing on those areas of your body can really improve your quality of mind, mood and wellbeing.”
Dr Hahn says focusing on a specific muscle group can be helpful with chronic fatigue.
“If you focus on the chest, you might be able to focus on that area for a few minutes and really focus on getting your heart rate up a little bit, or focusing on your breathing, because that can help you regulate your breathing a little better,” he explains.
“The more you focus there, the more you’re going to get the benefit.”
Dr Broussard says the focus physiotechniques are not as easy to use as some of the other treatments available.
“I think for some people it can be quite challenging to get to a state where they’re able to achieve some of these results,” he told RN Breakfast.
“In terms of how to get there, you have to learn how to do it yourself.”
Dr Poucou says it’s important to look beyond just a physical change.
“There’s a lot that can happen with our body, with our mind, and our behaviour,” she says.
Dr Brough adds the focus treatments are just one piece of the treatment puzzle.
“It’s really about how we make that change in our life, in our body,” he explained.
“To do that we have to understand what the problem is and how we can change it.”