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The Mind/Body Connection

Physical therapy has been widely recognized for its role in the rehabilitation of physical ailments, from post-operative recovery to chronic pain management. However, there is another often-overlooked benefit of physical therapy: its significant impact on mental health.

Read on to learn more about the connection between mental health and physical therapy. To discover the benefits for yourself, schedule an appointment at (732) 812-5200 today.

The Intersection of Physical and Mental Health

The connection between physical and mental health is inseparable. Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins and serotonin, chemicals which play a crucial role in elevating mood and improving mental well-being.

At ProFysio Physical Therapy, we acknowledge this interconnectedness and incorporate it into our approach to treatment. We believe that healing is holistic, encompassing both the body and the mind.

Exercise and physical activity have been recognized as effective therapies for people with mental health issues. As physical therapists, we work closely with individuals who may be dealing with these challenges. A healthy body equates to a healthy mind, and we aim to help our patients improve both physical and mental wellness.

The mental health benefits of physical therapy include the following and more:

  • Reduces stress: Pain causes stress, which can exacerbate mental health issues. Physical therapy helps manage pain, thereby reducing stress levels.
  • Builds self-esteem: As individuals regain physical function and improve their physical health, they often experience a boost in self-esteem.
  • Eases symptoms of depression: Exercise and physical activity can be as effective as anti-depressant medication in treating mild to moderate depression.
  • Improves sleep: Regular physical activity can help regulate sleep patterns, leading to improved overall mental health.
  • Provides social support: The supportive relationship between a patient and their physical therapist can provide essential social support, fostering mental well-being.

Consult with a Physical Therapist Today

From pain relief to improved range of motion and mindfulness, the benefits of physical therapy are far-reaching. At ProFysio Physical Therapy, we are committed to supporting all aspects of both physical and mental health, offering comprehensive care that addresses both the physical and mental components of wellness.

Get started on your path toward improved health and wellness today. Give our team a call at (732) 812-5200 to begin.