Regular exercise could possibly improve schizophrenics physical and mental health according to a new study.
After a complete analysis of the most frequent research in schizophrenia researches determined that present guidelines for exercise should be observed by persons with schizophrenia along with the general population.
According to lead author Guy Faulkner of the Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto, Canada. The present guidelines for exercise seem to just as sufficient to individuals with schizophrenia of possible physical and mental benefits. He went on to comment that 30 minutes a day of modest physical activity for most of or all of the week is an excellent objective to aim for in order to start slowly and build up.
Schizophrenia is a significant mental illness that effects four in every one thousand persons. It is a common fact that exercise can improve mental health yet there has only been restricted confirmation of its effects on schizophrenia.
Three small studies were the new reviews focal point which considered the outcome of 12;16 week exercise programs which included segments of walking and strength training, jogging or yoga.
Researches established that exercise programs increased mental state for measures which included anxiety and depression especially when compared to standard care. Changes which occurred in physical health results were seen but were not significant enough in the entire scope.
Researches proposed this could have been to the short periods of the trail.
Two past reviews had also found exercise therapy to be helpful but requested more strenuous research.
This latest research indicates that things are being done. Mr. Faulkner added that more research still needs to be done to determine how to get schizophrenic persons into involved in exercise programs to begin with and then how the programs can be established and then put in place within the mental health services. He stated that this was one of the biggest challenge for this type of intervention.
There are alternative treatments that can be used in conjunction with anti psychotic (neuroleptic) medications. These treatments are advised to be done with a psychiatrist or psychologists knowledge and approval to be part of the patients treatment plan.
Personal Therapy (Cognitive Behavioral) is designed to help patients recognize and respond fittingly to agitating provocations improving function and decreasing relapse. This therapy was designed to protect patients from undue stress.
This therapy has resulted in lower relapse rates and a lot better social functioning over three year period. It has been judged by the Cochrane review as a likely assured therapy for persons with schizophrenia and can be of value at least in the short term.
Healthy Diets have been studied in England. As well as a cross national inquiry of schizophrenic outcomes associate with national dietary practices. All studies confirmed that too much sugar and saturated fat in the diet seems to aggravate the long term outcome of schizophrenia. Dr. Malcolm Peet of Swallownest Court Hospital confirmed effects of diet.
Chinese herbal medicine used to treat mental disorders for over 2000 years. Chinese herbs contain anti psychotic elements when combined with Western medicine. Six trails were evaluated and herbs are used in conjunction with Western medicines medications they seem to beneficial in the mental state, functioning and decreasing adverse effects. Further trails are still needed.
Nutritionist to provide a gluten; free diet, diary;free diet that could help with responses to medications.
Homeopathic treatments which treat the person as a whole focuses on the person as well as their condition. Homeopathic medicines are chosen after a complete exam and analysis of the case is completed.
Here are a few practitioners in the St. Louis area:
Center for Creative Conflict Resolution
6454 Alamo Avenue, Suite 2e
Lee H. Lockwood MSW
13422 Clayton Road, Suite 216
Health Technologies Inc
8446 Page Avenue
The Center for Mind and Body
7649 Delmar Boulevard
Authentic Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture
8146 Olive Boulevard
Daily Chiropractic and Wellness Center
4137 Union Road