A study conducted at UNSW Sydney has unveiled that exposure therapy and about 10 minutes of aerobic exercise may reduce the severity of PTSD.
The findings were established after a nine-week treatment regimen involving more than 100 adult participants with a diagnosis of PTSD.
The results were reported in The Lancet Psychiatry.
“Brief aerobic exercise has the potential to augment long-term gains of exposure therapy for PTSD, which accords with evidence from studies in animals and humans on the role of exercise in modulating the extinction learning processes,” according to the study’s authors.
“This strategy might offer a simple and affordable means to augment treatment gains for exposure therapy in people with PTSD.”
The study was published on November 24th, 2022.