Exercise Therapy for Psychiatry and Mental Health
Research shows that exercise and physical activity can be as effective as
anti-depressant medication in treating mild to moderate depression. It can also
decrease pain and improve sleep patterns.
Here are a few of the benefits:
- Less tension, stress and mental fatigue
- A natural energy boost
- Improved sleep
- A sense of achievement focus in life and motivation
- Less anger or frustration
- A healthy appetite
- Better social life and fun!
Why Physical Activity is Important for Mental Health?
Exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular
exercise can also boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look
and feel better.
Being active doesn't have to mean going to the gym or taking up jogging. There
are lots of ways to be active – and they don't need to cost much money. Give
yourself that space. Realise that being active is important – make it a
priority. (Reference: Mental Health Foundation: Website www.mentalhealth.org.uk)
Basic Body Awareness Therapy
Basic Body Awareness Therapy (BBAT) focuses on basic movement
principles and the phenomenon of movement quality. It is
evidence- and experienced-based and aims to mobilise a person`s
resources for health through movement. The physiotherapist
guides the person, to be present in the here-and now situation,
experiencing simple everyday movements, lying, sitting, standing
and walking. Massage, relational movements and use of the voice
are included. Integration of balance, free breathing and
awareness into daily movements and actions are central elements
in this process. Therapeutic Factors, the Movement Quality Model
and the Movement Learning Cycle are core elements in the
movement pedagogy that is used by the therapist.
BBAT is suitable for people suffering from muscle-skeletal
problems, eating disorders, physical and/or psychological
problems, for stress management, health promotion and personal
Stress, anxiety and specific lung conditions may cause your muscles to tense up,
especially around your neck and shoulders or your rib cage to feel tight. This
means that even when you sit down to relax the muscles may be in a slightly
higher state of tension. In this way they can begin to ache and fatigue. If you
can be educated to relax them you may experience a positive benefit both in
terms of your muscles and also your breathing pattern.
A dysfunction in the sensorimotor control of the neck may be present after a
whiplash type injury or a period of prolonged pain in the neck. In other words,
there is a dysfunction in the proprioception/balance of the neck that may lead
to further neck pain and dizziness. There are specific rehabilitation exercises
such as strengthening of deep neck stabilisers and retraining the
balance/proprioception of the neck to restore normal sensorimotor control of the
Pressure Biofeedback for Rehabilitation of Stabilisers and Motor Control
Pressure Biofeedback is a device used to provide feedback to ensure quality and
precision in exercise performance and testing. It is used during retraining and
strengthening of the deep neck stabilisers and abdominal stabilisers.
Healthy lifestyle changes
Your Physiotherapist can help you to make healthy life style changes. This may
consist of compiling a general health exercise program or weight loss exercise
program for you and/or include education on stress-relieving and management