Physiotherapy and Mental Health
I did not think I would actually be blogging this month as I had a coffee and computer accident a week ago. Computer gave up the will to live! So I have been without internet access except through my phone which really is not a lot of use for the amount of writing I do. So, while my insurance company sorts out if it will pay me or not I asked around and contacted ferratum.co.uk and sorted out a short term loan for myself. So I am now back, treated myself to a nice new laptop and an iPad very pleased with both.
Mental health affects around one in four adults, and we all will know someone who has suffered with one form of mental health problem or another. Depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder to name but a few. These labels become a mental health problem when they begin to seriously affect someone’s life. We all suffer a little of any of these but for some people they dominant their lives. Physiotherapy has its part to play in helping to achieve a improvement in their lives.
Regular exercise in any form has been noticed to alleviate mood and improve self -esteem; something that is sadly deficient in mental health patients. As part of a multi professional team, a physiotherapist can design an exercise regime suited to the individual’s needs, that will help improve physical and mental well being. Suffering from a mental illness or mental health problem does not excuse someone from any other form of physical problem in fact sometimes increases it Non medication pain management, posture correction are just two examples of what a physiotherapist can bring to mental health patients. Teaching relaxation techniques to someone suffering from anxiety is another skill which I plan to explore further next time. This paper from Australia is interesting to read regarding physiotherapy and mental health and is as relevant here in the UK as in Australia.