People suffering from mental health issues such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder experience persistent headaches that affect their quality of life. According to research by Dr Jo Connaughton from The University of Notre Dame, improved physiotherapy education could be the solution.
While physiotherapists are considered experts in the management of musculoskeletal disorders and play integral parts in the management of many physical health issues, Dr Connaughton said they are often not included in the mental health workforce nor in mental health services.
“Headaches are treatable and preventable but for various reasons are being ignored in people with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder,” he said.
Dr Connaughton believes that improved education will increase confidence in physiotherapists to work with people suffering from mental health issues and help them to experience a better quality of life. She encourages physiotherapists to realise the need for their services within psychiatry.
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