Physiotherapy offers psychological benefits too
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic “it is normal and understandable that people are experiencing fear”. Fear, worry and stress are all natural reactions to perceived or real threat.
“Faced with new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical, health.” (WHO)
Physiotherapists and physiotherapy are normally associated with physical health and function; however, physiotherapy can boost people’s general mental wellbeing too. With the current challenges that we all face, we know how important wellbeing is.
Readers of our regular blogs will know that we are advocates of exercise and the acknowledged health benefits of regular exercise include improved self-esteem, cognitive function, sleep, stress relief, improved mood, increase energy and reduced tiredness. A long list, I am sure you would agree, and exercise can also reduce anxiety, depression and social isolation.
Non-pharmacological approaches to the management of pain
Through non-pharmacological approaches to the management of pain, physiotherapists can help individuals increase their activity level through motivation and the promotion of self-management strategies which can improve general quality of life. The provision of individual exercise programmes can also improve mood and promote general well-being.
Holistic approach to treatment
Aerobic exercises, such as walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression. Through a holistic approach to treatment, a physiotherapist can help an individual achieve their physical goals, however minor, which in turn can improve their mental health and mood.
We look forward to helping you with your physiotherapy needs, tailored to your personal circumstances, through 2021 and beyond. If you are interested in our services feel free to call us on 07309 272 555 or email Physio@Lifemadesimple.co.uk. Life Made Simple - expert physiotherapy in Guildford and Surrey.