The Longevity Exercise Physiology team in Edgecliff, Marrickville, Randwick, Lindfield and Drummoyne frequently work with NDIS participants. Due to the circumstances of the current COVID-19 environment, we can now offer these participants home visits, outdoor sessions, clinic-based exercise and sessions online via video conference (telehealth).
Mental health and the NDIS
People with long-term disability, whether that is a psychosocial disability resulting in every day tasks becoming challenging or an impairment related to a mental health condition including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and PTSD. Those with debilitating mental health disorders may qualify for NDIS funding towards exercise physiology under improved daily living skills and improved health and wellbeing funding categories. Read More HERE
Why is Exercise Physiology so important for these participants?
1. Help manage and treat mental health symptoms – improve anxiety/depression symptoms
2. Social Interaction – meet new people, regular social contact.
3. Structure and routine – a regular activity
4. Improve Physical Health – prevent chronic disease, help manage co-morbidities and combat medication-related side effects such as weight gain.
5. Improve Sleep and hence cognitive function
6. Improved Self-esteem – linked to improved physical and mental health
How can an Exercise Physiologist assist a NDIS Mental Health Participant
1. Help build a structured exercise routine that considers the physical activity guidelines and relevant health goals
2. Assist in goal-setting and motivation
3. Support, someone to talk to, a friendly face
4. Prescribe exercise to treat mental health condition and associated symptoms
5. Help the participant to improve their function and capacity through exercise.
The Exercise Physiologists at Longevity are currently using exercise to help treat mental health symptoms in many individuals. If you think you or someone you know would benefit from seeing an Exercise Physiologist, especially while there is more time to engage in these activities, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 1300 964 002.
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