While we continue to practice social distancing, connectivity is something that is still a part of being human and being social. We do have a few different social platforms, where we can connect, yet while we as a society continue to address the various aspects of COVID-19, there are some challenges that are on the horizon…
Some FYI: A Few Facts About Mental Health
Mental health continues to represent an economic and social burden in today’s society, and with the current COVID occurrence, we may see a rise in prevalence in mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
It is not uncommon to see these health conditions paired in conjunction with each other, for example, anxiety AND depression – which gives a greater concern and ever growing challenge when someone also has a physical health condition.
Mental health does presents a challenge for creating any type of change, and must be considered when formulating a treatment plan.
The traditional route of care given is typically through family doctors, alongside psychologists and psychiatrists, which are a part of a multi-disciplinary care team aimed at improving the long-term mental health and well being of individuals seeking care.
But, there is one element of multi-disciplinary care that should be included, but rarely is … and is usually missing:
Meet The NEW Player Of Mental Health Multi-Disciplinary Therapy:
Exercise (Physical Activity)
Why Should Exercise Be Used For Mental Health Therapy?
There have been large bodies of evidence demonstrating the positive effect that exercise and physical activity can have on mental health, and has been shown to effectively manage, reduce, or in some cases minimize certain mental health disorders. Also, a regular and habitual exercise routine can prevent the onset of certain disorders.
Emerging evidence is gaining the favour of healthcare practitioners worldwide, as it is seemingly becoming an important treatment option alongside traditional pharmaceutical methods.
Exercise, as a treatment has been shown to have a substantial impact on the brain and the associated benefits, including overall happiness and well being, as well as confidence and improved self-esteem (2).
If Someone With A Mental Health Condition Wants To Start To Exercise, What Are The First Steps And Where Should They Begin?
Just like if you have a physical injury or physical disability, exercise treatment should always be provided by a qualified health professional. This makes professionals such as certified medical exercise specialists, certified exercise physiologists, and advanced personal trainers pivotal in the multidisciplinary exercise treatment environment.
Working alongside family doctors and psychologists/psychiatrists, certified medical exercise specialists and certified exercise physiologists can tailor a exercise therapy plan suited to the client’s needs, ability and motivation level. No two clients are the same, and a certified medical exercise specialist and certified exercise phyisologist can tailor that exercise therapy plan specifically designed with a client-centred approach, and address any real or perceived barriers that the client may address towards exercise participation.
Won’t Exercise Be Painful And Make The Condition Worse?
Contrary to what is shown in popular culture and on popular television programs, exercise is not designed to cause pain, humiliation, or be a restrictive or all-out mindset program. Yes, such an approach would surely exacerbate mental health symptoms and this is far from the approach a certified medical exercise specialist or certified exercise physiologist would use when working with a client with a mental health challenges.
Exercise therapy that any client can undertake, with their own specific needs and goals in mind, and designed to match their ability, motivation level, and will address any barriers that may exist.
Certified Medical Exercise Specialist or Certified Exercise Physiologists often place the client at the centre of care, and allow for a certain degree of freedom and autonomy when designing an exercise treatment plan, as this client-centred approach and allows for confidence, consistency and momentum, which are such important drivers of exercise adherence.
The development and adherence towards good positive habits like exercise allow for the development and increase in client confidence, self esteem and assertiveness, which are all such positive aspects in the fight against depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
A Quick Overview Of Mental Health And Exercise
Including a specific and client-focused exercise therapy plan becomes crucial not just for the short-term benefits on mental health, but more importantly the long standing effect exercise has on overall mental health and wellness.
Exercise, when provided suitably, and in a way that is specific and individual to the needs of the client is an excellent addition to other treatment for the ongoing journey towards good mental health.
If you know of someone in your life who is wanting to start with exercise, but is suffering from some mental health challenges, or if you yourself have or are suffering from a mental health challenge, make your first choice a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist to work with you to better your mental health through appropriately designed exercise therapy.
At the Other Pain Clinic Inc™ here are the types of mental health conditions that can be paired with exercise therapy programs:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Cognitive Impairment/Decline
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Committed to your health,
CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist at the Other Pain Clinic Inc™
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