Physical Fitness Program for Patients with Psychiatric Disorders

physiotherapy in psychiatric

The current practice of physical therapy rarely addresses the needs of patients with psychiatric disorders. The literature has shown that physical and psychological health are related intimately. This article describes a physical fitness training program designed for inpatients with mental illness in an acute care hospital setting. A training program consisting of group exercise sessions conducted three times a week for six weeks may enhance the patients’ self-esteem and body image in a unique way. Physical therapy intervention should be broadened to address the special needs of the mentally disabled.

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