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Over the last year, South Australians, like the rest of the world, are living through lockdowns and dealing with the ramifications of the impact on our mental health.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been an ever-increasing amount of access and reliance on mental health support across Australia. During these unprecedented times, it is important to take care of our mental health now, more than ever. Mental health is a broad term that encapsulates not only short-term impacts as a result of the pandemic, but also those living with long-term mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc. 

It is well documented that an individual’s poor physical condition and low activity levels can negatively impact their emotional and mental wellbeing. Physiotherapists can assist those suffering from mental health concerns through exercise, community involvement, and aiding them to achieve their goals. Research has found that moderate to vigorous-intensity exercise prescribed correctly by a physiotherapist, can play a significant role in treating depression with an effect comparable to antidepressants and psychotherapy.

Alongside a lack of adequate physical activity, pain and discomfort can also hinder a person’s mental health and moods. A physiotherapist can help treat and minimise pain, resulting in mood improvements. Physiotherapists are also skilled in providing overall health education and psychosocial support, especially during these difficult times. They aim to empower others to achieve physical and personal goals and therefore, create a sense of accomplishment. Through the combination of increased physical activity and reduced pain levels, people experiencing both short-term and
long-term poor mental health can experience positive changes. A physiotherapist is able to help you achieve these goals and start taking steps towards a healthier mind and body.

So, during these times of uncertainty, make sure you are creating a routine that involves exercise and getting outdoors and speak to your physiotherapist – your physical and mental health will thank you for it. 

Contact us for an appointment to discuss how we can help improve your mental and physical wellbeing.

By Claudia McDonald | Physiotherapist