Finn Harps and Donegal Democrat Visit JT Physiotherapy

Packie Mailey and Tony McNamee visit JT Physiotherapy ahead of their Saturday morning reformer class

Packie Mailey and Tony McNamee visit JT Physiotherapy ahead of their Saturday morning Reformer Pilates class 

Also pictured are staff members Aiveen Lavery, Danielle Gavagan, Liam Leech, Patrick Mc Carrick and Johnny Loughrey


To mark World Mental Health Day on Saturday, 10th October, JT Physiotherapy is hosting a morning Reformers Pilates class for members of the Finn Harps Football Club and Donegal Democrat team. Taking place on Saturday morning in JT Physiotherapy, located on Ramelton Road, this fun event hopes to encourage people of all ages to look after their mental health with regular exercise. According to Aware, a voluntary organisation that supports people with depression, 450,000 people in Ireland suffer from this debilitating condition at any one time. Research has shown that when you exercise you release brain chemicals (endorphins and dopamine) that boost your mood and self-esteem.

Why Excercise?

Exercising increases the blood flow to the brain, which helps people get a better night’s sleep and concentrate better at work. Aside from the obvious benefits of reducing chronic disease and maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise also has a direct affect on the section of the brain that controls motivation and stress levels.

Aiveen and Johnny showing Packie Mailey and Tony McNamee the ropes

Aiveen and Johnny showing Packie Mailey and Tony McNamee the ropes

Johnny Loughrey of JT Physiotherapy is urging people to look after their mental health, saying: “You don’t have to have a gym membership or spend a lot of money on accessories to get active. It’s as simple and straightforward as getting out for a walk in the fresh air or finding the right activity for you and your family. Aerobic exercises such as jogging, swimming, cycling and dancing have all been proven to reduce anxiety and depression and are great hobbies for all the family. In the clinic, we find that people are more inclined to stick to their exercise routine if it’s an activity that they feel comfortable with and enjoy – ideally, something that fits into their daily life. We’re really looking forward to welcoming members of the Finn Harps FC and Donegal Democrat team to the clinic on Saturday morning and hopefully it’ll encourage people who work in office environments to get active and get those endorphins going.”

Adding to this Loughrey said, “It’s interesting for parents to note that a study carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland in 2013 found that one in five young Irish adults aged 19-24 and one in six young people aged 11-13 were experiencing mental health problems. So, activities and exercises that include all the family are a great way to get everyone in the house active, as well as spending quality time together. Fun activities and exercises such as walks on the beach, hiking or going to the pool are a great way to get your endorphins going and the whole family will feel the benefit.”

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