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Physical Treatments And Depression

Physical Treatments And Depression

While a balanced diet, supplements, and medication can all play their part in combating depression, did you know that physical medicine can also play a role in treatment? It turns out that hydrotherapy— the strategic application of hot or cold water to the body— can also help combat depression.

Research has shown that the extremes in temperature can help support proper brain function, with cold hydrotherapy proving to be the more effective method. It seems that applying cold to the body can activate the sympathetic nervous system, increases the cerebral synaptic release of norepinephrine, and increases the production of β-endorphins. Some great ways to incorporate cold therapy into your routine can include:

  • Cold full body showers
  • Cold baths
  • Wet sheet packs
  • Cold mitten friction

In addition to hydrotherapy, research has also shown that individual manipulative therapies, in conjunction with treatment and counseling, can make all the

These types of therapies can include:

  • Osteopathic manipulations
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Acupuncture treatments

Although supplements, a balanced diet, and medication all have an important role in dealing with depression, it’s important to consider the benefits of both hydrotherapies and manipulative therapies as well. For help combating depression speak with one of our naturopathic specialists, or our acupuncturist, today.

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