America's Body Mind Therapist Kathi Fairbend: "Bad Posture is a Key to Depression"

BOSTON, March 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kathi Fairbend, M.S., R.P.T., who has been called "America's Body-Mind Therapist," has a message for those suffering with depression: Your mood, energy level and outlook on life can depend on your posture. Literally.

"Posture affects mood directly, and mood affects posture directly," says Fairbend, author of the Amazon bestseller STAND UP TO DEPRESSION.

Fairbend's message--and her book--provide a missing link to treating depression. She has developed a series of home exercises that lead to sound posture. And sound posture is unconsciously interpreted by the mind as evidence that one need not feel weighed down or burdened by life, that one has reason to be confident and that one can meet challenges head on, along the way.

Fairbend has documented that, for many, Improved posture = Improved Mood. She wants establishing that connection to be part of her professional legacy.

"It has been so rewarding for me to use my physical therapy knowledge to impact mental well-being," Fairbend said. "I think it is time for those with depression to be referred not only to psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists, but also to physical therapists. Their bodies are perpetuating their low mood and hopelessness by providing constant negative feedback to their minds. Their bodies store their depression. When I reverse that negative feedback loop and give people the tools to stop looking depressed, it tells the mind that life is getting better. It tells the mind that confidence is being renewed. I know that other physical therapists can be trained to provide this kind of care, too. But for now, STAND UP TO DEPRESSION is my way of getting needed information directly into the hands of depressed individuals and their families. The key information and key exercises can be learned and performed at home."

Rock Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH, DSc (hon), Director of the Joe DiMaggio Sports Medicine Center at Manhattan's Hospital for Special Surgery, said, "Psychotherapy has its place. But the physical 'stance' that can help signal the mind that a person is moving forward in life, not giving up, has been neglected."

Donald Ingber, MD, PhD, Founding Director of Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, said, "Kathi explores how reestablishing a healthy physical posture can feed back to positively influence how we feel about ourselves and improve our cognitive state. In essence, she offers a potential escape from the downward spiral of depression."

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