Physical activity has long been recognised as a crucial component of maintaining good physical health. However, recent research has also highlighted the significant impact that physical activity can have on mental wellbeing. Engaging in regular exercise not only improves physical fitness but also promotes mental well-being.
The link between physical health and mental wellbeing
The link between physical health and mental wellbeing is a topic of great importance in today’s society. It is widely recognised that there is a strong connection between the two, with each influencing the other. Physical health refers to the overall well-being of an individual’s body, while mental health encompasses their emotional and psychological state.
Firstly, it is evident that physical health directly impacts mental well-being. Engaging in regular exercise has been proven to release endorphins. These are chemicals in the brain that promote feelings of happiness and reduce stress levels. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet can provide essential nutrients that support brain function and improve mood stability.
On the other hand, mental health also plays a significant role in physical well-being. High levels of stress or anxiety can lead to physical ailments such as headaches, digestive problems, or even cardiovascular issues.
Empowerment through pain management
Physical pain is an inevitable part of life. Whether it is a minor headache or a chronic condition, pain can significantly impact our mental and emotional wellbeing. When we experience physical pain, our bodies release stress hormones such as cortisol. This can negatively affect our mood and overall mental state, leading to increased anxiety, depression or irritability. However, when we find relief from physical pain through medication or therapy, these stress hormones decrease, allowing us to experience improved mental and emotional wellbeing.
Furthermore, chronic physical pain often limits our ability to engage in daily activities or pursue hobbies we enjoy. This loss of independence can lead to feelings of frustration, helplessness, and even isolation. By finding ways to alleviate physical pain or manage it effectively, individuals regain their ability to participate in activities they once enjoyed. This restoration of normalcy not only reduces mental and emotional stress but also enhances one’s overall quality of life.
Summit offers a variety of treatment modalities to reduce pain levels, offer relief and promote holistic wellbeing. With hands on care to relieve symptoms, and education on physical activity and pain management in order to maintain physical and mental wellbeing.
Social happiness through sports
Engaging in physical activity provides an opportunity for social interaction and connection with others. Whether it is participating in team sports or joining a fitness class, exercising with others allows individuals to build relationships and develop a support network. This sense of community can greatly contribute to improved mental health by reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. In addition, exercising with friends and family can often reduce the anxiousness of starting something new and encourage motivation to continue with physical activity.
At Summit, we value community and understand the social benefits gained from participating in group sports/activities – therefore, we support clients to stay connected within their community.
Holistic approach to mental health
Therapists recognise that stress and anxiety can hinder recovery from physical injuries or chronic pain. Incorporating mindfulness and stress-reduction practices into physiotherapy treatments offers a holistic approach towards healing. With the strong link between the two, by addressing both physical and psychological aspects of health, patients can experience improved outcomes in terms of pain management, recovery time, and overall quality of life.
No two clients are the same, Here at Summit, we understand that each client has different needs and goals and therefore require a tailored plan to support them throughout. Alongside this, clients should take an active role in their own treatment. In order to improve a client’s physical health and mental wellbeing, clients and therapists need to work together with the understanding of their shared goal. Prioritising physical health is vital step towards nurturing mental wellbeing. The mind and body are intricately connected and neglecting one can have detrimental effects on the other.
If you wish to take steps towards a happier, healthier life – start by reaching out to Summit Physio. Call us today on 0800 731 2738