How Physiotherapy Can Help Your Mental Helath

How Physiotherapy Can Help Your Mental Helath

Here at Compass Physio across all our locations in Meath, Kilkenny and Louth we are looking forward to celebrating World Physiotherapy Day this coming Saturday 8th September.

The theme worldwide for this year is Physiotherapy and Mental Health.

“Exercise is shown to improve the quality of life and self esteem of people experiencing mental health issues.”

The Cold Facts:

1 in 4 people will experience some form of mental health issue in their lifetime

1 in 6 people are likely to have had a common mental health problem in the past seven days

People with mental health issues are more at risk of having poor physical health

70% of premature deaths in mental health patients are due to poor physical health

Mental Health Problems are one of the main causes of the disease burden worldwide

Chartered Physiotherapists:

As qualified chartered physiotherapists we can an acute awareness that anyone who presents to the clinic can have more than just an injury they present with to manage. Here are just 3 of the stats that we consider when clients attend Compass Physio

  • 20% of people living with osteoarthritis have depression or anxiety
  • 33% of people presenting post stroke suffer depression
  • 38% of people with frailty suffer depression

How We as Chartered Physiotherapists Work with you to achieve your Goals:

– LISTEN. We take the time to listen and truly understand what matters to you

– REALISTIC AND ACHIEVABLE TARGETS. We understand the conditions that people suffer with and the physical limitations that they can impose.

– SPECIFIC PROGRAMME. A programme tailored to their capability level ensures that its correctly balanced to achieve maximum effect.

– MOTIVATION. Kind words, clear direction and accountability. We also use an app here at Compass Physio that allows clients to view their exercises and the correct technique, log when completed and also communicate with us between sessions ensuring maximum gains.

What are the benefits of physical activity?

–  Protection against the emergence of depression

–  Prevents the development of mental health issues

–  People with depression and schizophrenia are LESS likely to stop exercising when supported by a physiotherapist

– Improves the quality of life and self esteem of people experiencing mental health issues

– Has a large and significant antidepressant effect in people with depression

Exercise is an evidence-based treatment for people with depression, and physiotherapists work with people who may have depression alongside long-term health issues. Getting and staying physically active will help improve your physical and mental health. Talk to a physiotherapist and discover an exercise or activity you find enjoyable and have fun!

“Choose an exercise and activity that you find enjoyable and have Fun”

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To find out how Compass Physio can help, call 0419847545 (this number covers all clinics), click here to book online or download our free information booklet. You can also email any questions to

Paddy Mulligan MISCP
Chartered Physiotherapist
Compass Physio