Depression & Exercise

Having had mental health week this month, the topic of this newsletter is Depression. Depression is a mental health disorder that may people in society will experience throughout their lifetime.

Physiotherapists have found that exercise has positive links with treating depression, and the future onset of depression. This is terrific news for patients as unlike anti-depressants medications, exercise is not medically additive.

So how much exercise and how often for it to be a benefit?

It is recommended patients start with an achievable goal and gradually build as their confidence increases. It is recommended patients start with a low intensity form of exercise and then increase. 3 sessions per week of walking is often a good starting point.

With the summer temperatures starting to return this month, it is a terrific time to start a exercise regime, and receive the many benefits regular prescribed exercise programs can achieve.

If you have any questions or would like further information, call us on 08 9364 2012 and ask to speak to one of the Physiotherapists.