How Focusing on Mental Health Improves Physical Therapy Outcomes

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Can focusing on mental health improve outcomes in physical therapy?


This concept is challenging to grasp because the medical system often tries to attribute physical pain to a direct cause. However, it isn’t that simple and this is important for every physical therapist to understand.

Humans are complex and physical pain is influenced by several different factors. One of which is the brain.

An individual’s mental state has a large impact on their physical state and the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions.

Do not miss the latest episode of the CHP Spotlight Interview series with Dr. Kelly Forys Donahue and Dr. Danielle Miro from DC Health Psychology ( and to learn this and so much more!

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World Mental Health Day Observance” by United Nations Photo is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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