Physical activity and exercise is an important component in the treatment of mild to moderate depression. It is considered to be as effective as medication and psychological therapy, and it can even help reduce the dosage of antidepressants that one takes.
When you exercise, your body releases a chemical called endorphins. Endorphins interacts with receptors in the brain that reduces the perception of pain. It is known to bind to the same receptors that painkillers bind to, which is why exercise is particularly recommended for people who also suffer from chronic pain, as it acts as an analgesia!
Not only do endorphins help relieve pain, but it also acts as a sedative, which can help with sleep disturbances. It is a known fact that depression may cause sleep disorders and sleep problems may cause or contribute to depressive disorders. This is why exercise is key to help break the negative cycle of poor sleeping patterns.
Physiotherapists have expert knowledge in the field of tailoring well-structured individual exercise programmes. With the right physiotherapist, ongoing sessions are advised to help keep up the momentum of regular exercise. Your physiotherapist can also monitor the type and level of exercise carried out as well as your mood related signs and symptoms.