Adult Mental Health Physiotherapy
The adult mental health physiotherapy team works across the health board as part of the multidisciplinary team caring for those with mental ill health. They work across both inpatient and community settings using a person centred approach to bring together both physical and mental aspects of health in order to optimise wellbeing and aid recovery.
What has Physiotherapy got to do with mental health?
There are two main answers to this:
- Those suffering with long term mental illness are often at greater risk of developing physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease.
- People who have long term conditions often experience mental health difficulties as a result of their ongoing symptoms.
In both of these cases having expertise in both physical and mental health can be really helpful to develop a successful management/treatment plan.
There is also lots of evidence that physical activity and/or exercise has a positive impact on people’s mental health.
The health benefits of regular exercise are:
- Improved cardiovascular fitness
- Improved sleep
- A positive influence on metabolic syndrome and diabetes
- Stress relief
- Improved mood
- Increased energy and reduced tiredness
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Reduced social isolation
- Improves self‐esteem,
- Improves cognitive functions and quality of life