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The emotional benefits of physical therapy.

by | Feb 14, 2014 | Fitness Info, Physical Therapy

As a medical provider, we tend to discuss physical therapy (PT) services from a scientific standpoint.  What we here at Odom Health & Wellness want to touch upon today is the power PT services can have over your mood and emotional well-being.
PT helps you move, which can be painful for many receiving the services. There is, however, a sense of accomplishment gained from working with a physical therapist. You are taking action, you are trying to work on aches,  pains and issues that can be disabling.  Several studies show the mental attitude of PT patients is up to 83% more positive than their non-PT counterparts.
Movement also means the release of dopamine in the brain, which naturally helps us breathe better and remain calmer. Dopamine can prevent anxiety attacks or a feeling of depression.
We often hear about how riding horses can help disabled people or those with emotional pain obtain a bigger sense of self-purpose.  Even people afflicted with cancer have Tennis for Lift to get them moving and start the dopamine rush within the brain.  While PT does serve a more practical purpose, the movement still can mimic the same results as playing tennis or riding a horse when it comes to one’s emotional health.
We here at Odom Health & Wellness want people in Minnesota to look and feel their best. It isn’t just about being pain-free or improving mobility, it is also about how our patients feel on the inside. We like to think, and studies have proven, just how important the emotional aspect of physical therapy is.
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