Depression

Range of Motion offers Exercise Physiologist designed one-on-one exercise sessions for individuals with this condition. Book a complimentary consultation or contact us to find out more.

The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.

Based on guidelines provided by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Condition Overview:

Mental illness is a significant behavioural or psychological syndrome that is associated with distress or disability. It has elements in:

  • Psychological dysfunction.
  • Biological dysfunction.
  • Behavioural dysfunction.

Short Term Response to Exercise:

The presence of a form of mental illness does not have a direct impact on a single exercise session, though medications for that condition may have an affect. Mental illnesses are often accompanied by an associated condition which can often cause a specific exercise response.

Long Term Response to Exercise:

From a physical point of view, supervised exercise training has been shown to create favourable changes in:

  • Fitness
  • Performance time
  • Body composition

Changes in psychological profiles revolve around a considerable antidepressive effect and include:

  • Improved mood.
  • Improved self concept.
  • Improved work behaviour.
  • Decreased depression and anxiety.

Condition Management:

Pharmocological therapy is common for sufferers of mental illness, with antianxiety, antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs often prescribed. The effects of these medication on exercise response should be carefully considered.

Range of Motion’s Treatment Methodologies:

Range of Motion designs specific exercise programs unique to the individual based on The Range of Motion Model of Health. Modifications to this basic framework are made based on the specific needs of the individual.

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Skrinar, G. S., (2003). Mental Illness. In: Durstine, J. L., Moore, G. E. (2003), ACSM’s Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities 2nd Ed. (pp 316-319) American College of Sports Medicine, Human Kinetics.