At Hunter MoveAbility, we have been thankful to have assisted many Veterans through Exercise Physiology and over this journey we have witnessed many people that have suffered and continue to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As you may know, PTSD is a state of mental health developed by the mind itself after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. These events can cause an immediate or gradual development of symptoms of PTSD, everyone that experiences this is different. While the research suggests that symptoms consist of uncontrollable thoughts of the event, flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, there are many other symptoms which people experience.
The most common traumatic events include combat exposure, childhood physical abuse, sexual violence, physical assault, being threatened with a weapon, an accident and so on. There are many other events that can cause or lead to the development of PTSD and can cause significant impact on a person’s life.
A complete recovery from PSTD found to be practically difficult according to the depth of the traumatic events that’s happened in one’s life. After surviving a traumatic event, a lot of the people have PSTD symptoms, such as being unable to stop thinking about the event, fear, anxiety, anger, depression, guilt at the initial stages. However, all are common symptoms to trauma. People who develop long-term post-traumatic stress disorder after exposure to trauma should receive timely help and support.
A lot of people are aware that exercise can benefit people living with PTSD and other mental health concerns, however, we often see they do not understand what to do or how exercise benefits their conditions. This is where Hunter MoveAbility has grown over time with understanding the research and putting this into practice. From the research, exercise has astonishing capability to reduce the symptoms of people with PTSD. Research indicates that regular aerobic exercise leads to mental health benefits for individual with anxiety disorders and also alleviates symptoms of PSTD. Manger et.al. (2005) examined the effects of a 12-week aerobic exercise program (30 minutes of walking/jogging between 60% and 80% maximum heart rate) in a small sample of adults with PTSD. Results indicated that PTSD symptoms REDUCED between baseline and post-treatment follow-up. This is only one research article outlining these benefits and there are SO MANY MORE research articles on the benefits of exercise and Exercise Physiology with assisting people living with PTSD.
It is exciting for Hunter MoveAbility to grow in their understanding in PTSD exercise prescription, as exercise intervention holds great promise in terms of reducing PSTD symptoms because of their ease of implementation of programs we provide. While we note the research above outlines one area, there are so many more benefits of exercise such as reducing depressive symptoms, improving sleep, increasing energy and improving mood, to outline a few.
Hunter MoveAbility love assisting people living with PTSD and Mental Health concerns through our Exercise Physiology services, as we have seen many wonderful results and continue to see these results in our daily practice. Get in touch with us to start you on an individualised exercise journey to move well and more importantly, feel great!