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World Mental Health Day: A Healthier Mind & Body – Exercise In Mental Health Care

Good morning,

Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay.

And let’s take a look at a new type of help for mental health in today’s blog post …

Some FYI 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 mental health conditions such as

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • ptsd
  • cognitive decline

Also, it is not uncommon to see these health conditions combined with each other, for example, anxiety AND depression

. . . but also gives a greater concern and ever growing challenge when someone also has a physical health condition.

Mental health can present a challenge for creating any type of change, and must be considered when putting together a treatment plan to help have a better quality of life.

The traditional route of treatment/therapy 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: Exercise (Physical Activity)

Below, let’s take a closer look at exercise …

Why Should Exercise Be Used For Mental Health Therapy?

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There has been lots of research and evidence demonstrating the positive effect that exercise and physical activity can have on mental health; it 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 conditions.

Exercise, as being included as part of the treatment, has been shown to have a substantial impact on the brain and the associated benefits, including overall happiness, well-being, as well as confidence and improved self-esteem.

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, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and advanced personal trainers pivotal in the multidisciplinary exercise treatment environment.

Working alongside family doctors  and psychologists/psychiatrists, certified medical exercise specialists, certified exercise physiologists, physiotherapist 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 physiologist can tailor that exercise therapy plan specifically designed with a client-centered 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 physical health too!) and this is not the strategy used or approach used by a certified medical exercise specialist or certified exercise physiologist, 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 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 parts of continuing with exercise adherence.

The development and adherence towards good positive habits like exercise, allows for the development and increase in confidence, self-esteem and assertiveness, which are all such positive aspects in the fight against depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

The New Therapy For Mental Health: Exercise 

Including a specific and client-focused exercise therapy plan becomes important, 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 appropriately, and in a way that is specific and individual to the needs of the person with the mental health condition, is an excellent addition to the other treatments for the on-going journey towards good mental health.

With the research that is available, we at the Other Pain Clinic Inc™ have created tailored exercise therapy programs for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Cognitive Impairment/Decline

To find out more about the accessible online (& offline) Medical Exercise Health & Wellness Programs for Mental Health, click here.

Committed to your health,

Francois

CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist at the Other Pain Clinic Inc

p.s. You Are Invited To A Free 3-Day Online Exercise & Lifestyle Mental Health Challenge, October 20, 21, 22 … RSVP Your Spot For This Challenge Here. 

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