Mental health is not merely the absence of a mental disorder but exists on a continuum of emotions. The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with family members, friends and colleagues has proven to be a challenge for many. These temporary changes can be particularly difficult for people with these types of conditions. Physiotherapy is a recognised profession in the management of mental health. Physiotherapy aims to optimise well-being, empower individuals, and improve overall quality of life by promoting functional movement, movement awareness, physical activity, and exercise.
Physiotherapy in improving mental health
As primary health care providers, physiotherapists are involved in the prevention and promotion of health, including mental health. These type of issues are one of the leading causes of overall disease burden worldwide.
Physiotherapists screen, assess and provide early interventions to deal with the physical co-morbidities of a person with mental health issues. Not only this, but physiotherapists also play a large role in raising awareness of these issues, provide pain and chronic disease management, all while facilitating self-management of mental health conditions and associated co-morbidities. Physiotherapists can offer a range of physical approaches in the treatment and management of mental health conditions. Physiotherapy can offer an extensive range of physical approaches inclusive of:
Looking after YOU:
During times of uncertainty and worry such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to look after your mental health. Regular exercise is one of the best therapies for improving mood and reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Other health benefits of physical activity include:
It is important you can take-action by undertaking healthy activities whilst organising your daily routine so that you bring some sense of the each of the following:
Your physiotherapist is a trained health professional that can assist in achieving your physical and mental health goals. There is no one prescription for exercise and mental health. However, choosing an exercise or activity that you find enjoyable will help you stick to it. Get active, stay active and talk to physiotherapist at Gen Physio today to help develop a mindfulness program based on your individualised needs.
Article written by Mia Pinchin
Physiotherapist – Gold Coast & Northern NSW
Mia is a Gold Coast local and graduated from Bond University on the Gold Coast.
She completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2016 before going on to complete her Doctorate of Physiotherapy in 2019.
During her study, Mia was exposed to a wide variety of clinical specialties including cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, musculoskeletal, neurological rehabilitation, and geriatrics.
Mia has a special interest in musculoskeletal and vestibular physiotherapy and is excited to gain further experience and knowledge in the area.