Mental Health and Physical Therapy–a Team

Mental disorders can be of major public health significance.  Studies from the U.N.’s WHO organization in 2010 show that long lasting musculoskeletal disorders, depression, anxiety and stress-related conditions  affect millions of people worldwide often causing negative consequences in their ability to work and their quality of life . Mental health disorders include a broad range of problems with several different symptoms. People with  mental health problems very often have bodily oriented symptoms. They represent a major group of patients seeking help from physical therapists all over the world.

There are claims that powerful physical activity has positive effects on mental health  both in clinical and nonclinical populations.   The strongest evidence  suggests that physical activity and rigorous exercise probably alleviate some symptoms associated with mild and moderate depression. The evidence also suggests that physical activity and exercise can provide a beneficial addition for alcoholism and substance abuse programs, social skills, reduce the symptoms of anxiety, improve self-image,  and cognitive functioning.  It could also possibly alter aspects of  Type A behavior and physiological response to stressors. However the effects of physical activity and of exercise on some mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, and other aspects of mental health are not exactly known.  Further research on the effects of physical activity and exercise on mental health is recommended.

The International Organization of Physical Therapy in Mental Health, IOPTMH, an international network of physical therapists working in the field of psychiatry and mental health, was created in Amsterdam, June 2011.  Several nations in Europe have organized subsections of physical therapy in mental health for several decades.

Many mental health facilities incorporate physical training and exercise into their daily routine. Therefore when physical exercise is recommended for improving mental health, patients should take advantage of physical therapy products such as  the TUTOR system. The HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR were created to provide intensive exercises to those suffering from limb disabilities resulting from stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease and a host of other upper or lower limb injuries or surgeries. However the TUTOR system can be used  to alleviate mental disorder symptoms as well. The TUTORs include comfortable ergonomically designed gloves or braces that contain sensors connected to exclusive integrated software in the form of games. In addition to the enjoyable results afforded by the games the physical therapist is able to record and evaluate the patient’s progress and design a customized exercise program for the patient.

The TUTOR system is currently in use in leading U.S. and European hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. They are available for use by children as young as 5 as well as for adults and are fully certified by the FDA and CE. The TUTORs can also be used in the patient’s home through the use of telerehabilitation. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Your style is very unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this page.

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  2. Good awareness……..
    Biofeedback

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  3. Biofeedback is a non-invasive therapy used to help patients regulate various biological functions by monitoring different
    feedback signals given by the body. For example, when biofeedback devices emit a flashing light, buzzer, or other signal
    pattern to indicate an increase in blood pressure, the patient then concentrates on reducing the frequency or intensity
    of the signal in order to improve the condition that caused it to spike. In effect,Biofeedback Game treatment is very much
    like a conditioning exercise for the patient in which the biofeedback device acts as a coach. What types of biofeedback
    devices are used depends on the condition present. In fact, there are several different types of biofeedback systems.

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