Physiotherapy for Mental Health
Recent years have seen the conversation around mental health increase dramatically. With this has come the questions of what we can be doing to boost mental wellbeing and how can we reduce poor mental health. One of the most effective treatment options is physical activity.
There are many positive benefits of physical activity on our mental health, such as:
- Improved sleep patterns and sleep cycle
- Mood improvements
- Better physical wellbeing
- Boost in self-esteem, confidence and independence
- Promotion of positive mental health
- Increase in energy levels and motivation during the day
- Less reliance on medication
The role of physiotherapy
So, you might ask how physiotherapy can contribute to this improvement in mental health. The first role of physiotherapists is to scope your condition and provide treatment as well as prevention. Physiotherapists are highly trained health professionals who can prescribe exercise programs and educate people with mental health conditions on how to stay fit and active. Those who are active are at less risk of developing mental health problems and are less likely to develop arthritis and diabetes.
The team at Sports Focus Physio are experienced in helping clients with chronic health conditions. We are dedicated to working closely with you to promote positive mental wellbeing and help you achieve your lifestyle and fitness goals.
Exercise as treatment
Motivation may be lacking in those who are experiencing mental health difficulties. Part of the role of a physiotherapist is to identify and help you overcome any barriers you have to participating in physical activity. We will work directly with you to find a way to exercise that suits you.
We at Sports Focus are trained to consider psychological, social and environmental factors that can contribute to your health. We are therefore positioned well to promote the benefits of exercise and prescribe a tailored exercise program for those experiencing mental health problems.