Physiotherapy and mindcare: The key to the “feel good” factor
Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own
abilities to cope with stresses in life, work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make
contribution to her or his community.
Physiotherapy in mental health care is a highly recognised speciality within Physical
rehabilitation. It has 50 years of history in assessment, evaluation and treatment of physical
and mental health problems in mental health care.
PEOPLE TREE’s Physiotherapy services addresses various aspects of mental health care
At PEOPLE TREE Hospitals, the Physiotherapy rehab in mental health aims at improving the
quality of life of its patients by providing relief from stiffness of muscle and joints, and
enhancing the confidence of your bodily movement and its functions.
Physiotherapy inspires people struggling with mental health issues, to find balance between
life activities and the effort required to achieve them through strength training and brain gym
exercises. The evidences prove that the movement of human body is important aspect of
psychotherapy. Physiotherapy in mental health is person centred and is provided to children,
adolescent, adults and older people in need of mental health care. The model for treatment
includes biological and psychosocial aspects, wherein the connection between the mind and body
The psychotherapeutic approach of Physiotherapy uses movement of body as a gateway to improve
the social functioning of an individual. Through this approach a Physiotherapist develops
specific working method to help people with mental health issues access their inner
Some of the methods used in mental health Physiotherapy are:
Cognitive technique - This challenges to alter irrational thoughts and reduces the
physical activity and helps in cognitive functional training. Problem solving by using
obstacle courses wherein we plan, respond, try solutions and evaluate success.
Behavioural techniques - This includes relaxation, breathing skills improvement,
stress reduction, cardiopulmonary exercises and pacing (changing physical activities
structure time to time, breaking up an activity into chunks)
Supportive educational technique - This comprises psychoeducation with promotion of
information on etiology of disease or issue, treatment, support through motivation,
exercise, encouragement and close monitoring.
Other techniques - The other techniques involves biofeedback, body awareness,
devices, movement awareness, relapse prevention through self-monitoring, coping skills,
discussing and realising triggers through exercises and brain gym.
The benefits of exercises have created a professional need in society for physiotherapists to
treat people suffering from mental health problems. As the saying goes “When we overemphasize
the “look” of good benefits of exercise, it diminishes the “feel good” mental health
The benefits of our mental health rehab are:
Quality of life improvement
Relaxation and communication
Awareness of body movement
Reduce stress on musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary system
Healthy and active lifestyle
Improve or regain senses and motor skills (gross and fine motor skills)
Maintain physical mental, social and physical skills