World Physiotherapy Day

Let’s talk physiotherapy and mental health….

This year the focus on World Physiotherapy Day is the benefit physiotherapy undoubtedly has on mental health.

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We meet so many different types of people across all our clinics with different conditions, however one thing that brings them all together is the very clear benefit improved movement and recovery has on their state of mind.

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How does exercise help?

What you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental wellbeing. This means ‘feeling good’ both about yourself and about the world around you. It means being able to get on with life in the way you want.

Evidence shows that there is a link between being physically active and good mental wellbeing.

Being active doesn’t mean you need to spend hours in the gym, if that doesn’t appeal to you. Find physical activities that you enjoy and think about how to fit more of them into your daily life.

What happens to our brains when we exercise?

Working out leads to changes in your brain, such as increased blood flow and the creation of new neural pathways. Also released in response to increased physical activity are hormones such as:

  • endorphins – your body’s natural painkillers, they reduce discomfort, enhance pleasure and improve self-esteem.
  • serotonin – controls your appetite, helps you sleep sounder, and regulates your mood
  • dopamine – is that pleasurable habit-forming hormone that keeps you coming back for more
  • testosterone – crucial for both men and women, is important for your metabolism, muscle growth and libido. Low levels can lead to depression and obesity

 

How can we help?

Contact any one of our clinics for an appointment to discuss your needs. We can also answer questions via our Facebook page or via email.

Follow our blog for useful hints and tips or download one of our leaflets for exercise advice you can follow at home.

Something for the kids…

Struggling to get the kids active? Get them thinking about their own physical activity with this fun task.

Download our T-shirt template and get the kids involved. Ask them to add pictures of all their favourite ways of staying active. How many do they do on a regular basis?