Straighten up your spine to help treat depression! Posture therapy is more than a treatment for posture alone. Posture therapy also treats and helps to eliminate the debilitating symptoms of depression.
Most of us associate posture therapy with better movement, avoiding injuries and reducing pain. However, studies show that posture therapy can actually help in treating depression and anxiety. This is a welcome change in a day and age when physicians are very quick to prescribe medications for these types of problems. The posture experts at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest can fix your posture so that you can experience better mood, better health and reduced depression.
Studies have shown that the physical body is visibly affected by depression, and as the mood improves, a person’s overall posture improves as well. The same studies also show that depression and anxiety can be better managed by changing and correcting certain postural traits. Researcher Professor Erik Peper found that by simply choosing to put your body in a more upright position, you can dramatically boost mood and energy levels.
The following are some of the postural traits often associated with depression:
- Rounded shoulders
- Forward head flexion
- Slower walking speed
- A decrease in vertical head movement
- Less arm swing
Studying the Posture-Depression Relationship
Energy level is a good indicator of depression. There’s an interesting study out there that assesses energy levels, moods, and body posture to show how they relate to one another. Two groups of university students were asked to participate where one group was asked to slouch and walk slowly for a few minutes and the other was asked to skip and swing their arms for the same amount of time.
Both groups were then asked to rate their mood and energy level. The groups switched activities and again rated their mood and levels of energy. The students all reported that slouched walking made them feel less energetic and even sad, while skipping and moving quickly made them feel more energetic, happier and more positive.
Body-based psychotherapy shows us that the body and the brain work together and form a complete unit. The brain uses the nervous system to affect each and every part of the body and this connection also works in reverse. In other words, the body is able to, and does, influence the brain as well as what is going on in the mind.
Recent studies have shown that using posture therapy to improve posture and muscle strength are more effective than drug therapy when it comes to treating depression. Other studies show that simply sitting up straight, pulling the shoulders back and looking up can all help elevate mood and increase energy levels.
When deep in depression, it may seem impossible to straighten the spine and sit up straight, but our Posture Experts can help. The changes you’ll see can make a huge difference in treating the symptoms of depression and anxiety. They are certainly not a cure, but are effective tools to add to other options available for managing depression.
The chiropractors at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest can assess and fix your posture so that you can enjoy better mood, less depression and overall good health.