Physio Exercises can Assist in Beating Postnatal Depression

According to a study, researchers found that new mothers can battle with postnatal blues with the aid of a physiotherapist-led exercise and education program on wellbeing.

The researchers separated 161 postnatal women with no depressive symptoms in two different groups to check the consequence of the program. The experimental group got an eight-week "Mother and Baby" program, including specialized exercises given by a women's health physiotherapist coalesced with parenting education.

In the second lot, "Education Only" partakers received only the written educational matter. The participants of both groups were reviewed for psychological wellbeing using the Positive Affect Balance Scale, depressive symptoms using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.
Study Coordinator, Ms. Emily Norman of the University of Melbourne's Physiotherapy Department, said that there were considerable improvements in wellbeing rates and depressive signs in the "Mother and Baby" group proportionate to the "Education Only" group over the study phase.

She added, "This positive effect continued four weeks after completion of the program. The number of women identified as "at risk" for postnatal depression pre-intervention was reduced by 50% in the Mother and Baby group by the end of the intervention”.

Professor Mary Galea, of the University's Physiotherapy Department and Senior Author of the study said, "By improving new mothers'' health, this physiotherapy-based program has been shown to have a real affect on lowering the danger of PND.

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