Physiotherapy and mindcare: The key to the “feel good” factor

Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities to cope with stresses in life, work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make contribution to her or his community.

Physiotherapy in mental health care is a highly recognised speciality within Physical rehabilitation. It has 50 years of history in assessment, evaluation and treatment of physical and mental health problems in mental health care.

PEOPLE TREE’s Physiotherapy services addresses various aspects of mental health care

  • Movement patterns
  • Function
  • Physical activity
  • Exercise (heart, musculoskeletal, brain, pulmonary function)
  • Body awareness
  • Movement awareness
  • Motor control

At PEOPLE TREE Hospitals, the Physiotherapy rehab in mental health aims at improving the quality of life of its patients by providing relief from stiffness of muscle and joints, and enhancing the confidence of your bodily movement and its functions.

Physiotherapy inspires people struggling with mental health issues, to find balance between life activities and the effort required to achieve them through strength training and brain gym exercises. The evidences prove that the movement of human body is important aspect of psychotherapy. Physiotherapy in mental health is person centred and is provided to children, adolescent, adults and older people in need of mental health care. The model for treatment includes biological and psychosocial aspects, wherein the connection between the mind and body is improved.

The psychotherapeutic approach of Physiotherapy uses movement of body as a gateway to improve the social functioning of an individual. Through this approach a Physiotherapist develops specific working method to help people with mental health issues access their inner workings.

Some of the methods used in mental health Physiotherapy are:

  1. Cognitive technique - This challenges to alter irrational thoughts and reduces the fear of physical activity and helps in cognitive functional training. Problem solving by using obstacle courses wherein we plan, respond, try solutions and evaluate success.
  2. Behavioural techniques - This includes relaxation, breathing skills improvement, stress reduction, cardiopulmonary exercises and pacing (changing physical activities structure time to time, breaking up an activity into chunks)
  3. Supportive educational technique - This comprises psychoeducation with promotion of information on etiology of disease or issue, treatment, support through motivation, exercise, encouragement and close monitoring.
  4. Other techniques - The other techniques involves biofeedback, body awareness, objective devices, movement awareness, relapse prevention through self-monitoring, coping skills, discussing and realising triggers through exercises and brain gym.

The benefits of exercises have created a professional need in society for physiotherapists to treat people suffering from mental health problems. As the saying goes “When we overemphasize the “look” of good benefits of exercise, it diminishes the “feel good” mental health benefits.

The benefits of our mental health rehab are:

  • Quality of life improvement
  • Relaxation and communication
  • Body awareness
  • Awareness of body movement
  • Reduce stress on musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary system
  • Healthy and active lifestyle
  • Improve or regain senses and motor skills (gross and fine motor skills)
  • Maintain physical mental, social and physical skills
  • To treat physical problems
  • To reduce psychosomatic pains
  • Improve motivation
  • Improve self esteem
  • To improve independence
  • To improve balance
  • Reduce osteoporosis
  • Reduce risk of fall in elderly
  • Reduce fear and social isolation
  • Improve sleep
  • Increase energy and reduce tiredness