Physiotherapy may reduce postpartum depression risk
Research conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association and published in the journal Physical Therapy Physical therapy exercises can reduce the chances of postpartum depression. To reach this conclusion, the university recruited 161 women who had recently given birth. The participants were randomly divided into three groups.
The first group consisted of 62 women, who undertook to perform physical exercises guided by a physiotherapist once a week for two months, in addition to completing 30 minutes of parental education class with health professionals.
The second, with 73 volunteers, received only written education material. The last one, at 26, did not intervene. All the women were evaluated at the start of the project after eight weeks, and then four months later they had to respond to questionnaires about well-being, depression, and amount of physical exercise. significant improvements in well-being and depressive symptoms to the end of the analyzes in the first group compared to the others.
The number of patients identified as having a chance of having postpartum depression was reduced by 50%.
In the mothers who only received the parental education classes, there was a small reduction of the cases, only 5%, but nothing very significant.
For the researchers , this is because when the mother and baby practice physical activities together they share feelings and activate the area of the brain responsible for the affection and produce more serotonin, causing more pleasure in their coexistence.
However, doctors warn of the importance of the right choice of exercises to avoid causing different effects.
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