Which is better for my brain: physiotherapy or psychotherapy?
By Dr Sarah KavanaghThe article outlines the differences between physiotherapy and psychotherapy, which can involve both treatments.
It also outlines the research behind the differences, with a particular focus on the effects of different therapies on patients.
The article, published in the BMJ, is based on the results of a pilot study conducted by Dr Kavanah’s team, who compared the benefits of different types of physiotherapy for patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
This study was a pilot, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
A number of different methods were used to determine which of these treatments would be more beneficial to patients.
The treatment that the researchers used was the same that was already available to many people.
This type of study is not usually conducted in the UK, but it is used to examine the effectiveness of treatments that are proven effective in a number of other countries, including the US and Australia.
In order to carry out this study, the researchers had to have at least 20 participants.
Dr Kavanagah, from the University of Oxford, says that it was important to make sure that the study was not over-powered.
“We were aware of the fact that a large proportion of people would be excluded if we had a lot of people in the group, so we did a very careful and rigorous analysis of all participants,” she said.
Once the participants had signed up for the study, they were randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups: physiotherapists or psychotherapies.
The researchers also tested whether participants were experiencing symptoms of ADHD, or were already taking any medication.
Researchers then measured participants’ blood levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, a chemical involved in reward, memory and motivation.
Dr Kavaneh said that participants who were experiencing dopamine overload were more likely to respond to the psychotherapy than those who were not experiencing dopamine levels.
According to Dr Kavinagh, dopamine can be reduced in the brain by the action of the brain chemicals dopamine agonists, dopamine antagonists and the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.
As part of the study participants were told that they would get up to 40 minutes of physiotherapeutic therapy per week.
However, the scientists also wanted to see if the therapy would work, and if it did, they wanted to know if the participants could manage it on their own.
They then used a behavioural task to assess the effectiveness and safety of the therapy.
The participants were given a battery of questionnaires to answer, including a battery on how they felt and did in the first hour.
The psychologists were also told to ask participants questions about their thoughts and feelings.
Dr Kavanagah said that they found that participants were able to manage the treatment in a similar way to those who had been taking medication.
The results showed that participants did respond better to the therapy than those taking no medication.
However, it is important to note that it is only a short term study, and that it does not prove that psychotherapy is more effective than physiotherapy, according to Dr Wainwright.
“The main thing we need to be aware of is that there is an underlying psychological process that needs to be addressed in order for the psychotherapeutics to be more effective,” she explained.
“There are still a number other things that need to happen in order to ensure that the brain is not overloaded, so that the patients are not left in a vulnerable state.”
Dr Kwanagh, who is currently conducting an in-depth study on the effect of psychotherapy on patients with ADHD, said that the results show that psychotherapping can help patients manage their symptoms.
She said that it can also help reduce the severity of ADHD symptoms and the symptoms that occur during the symptoms, such as anxiety, aggression and depression.