How Should We Treat Depression? These Doctors Are Telling Their Patients To Go Surfing...
This sounds a lot more fun than bed rest...
We’ve known for years that surfing is good for the mind, as well as the body and the soul...
In the French town of Biarritz however, it seems that the benefits of surfing are being taken a little more seriously by the medical profession, as doctors have begun to prescribe a bit of stoke to their patients!
A pilot program, aimed at finding alternative remedies away from immediate medication when possible, sends patients off to go for a surf in order to ward off a bunch of different ailments, from depression to early signs of heart disease!
Not only does this sound like the most fun medication plan on the planet, its a lot cheaper for the national health service than conventional medication.
The pilot program is being supported by the Biarritz town hall and two separate private health associations, meaning it is not cost the taxpayer any money whatsoever.
Most participants will complete a 12 week course as directed by their doctor.
Early results for the trial seems to be giving positive results.
Most patients continuing with the sport after the twelve weeks and some patients with cases of back pain and depression, are finding no need for medication whatsoever following the prescribed course of fresh air and movement.
Do you think surfing and general exercise should be used for all early symptoms of depression before doctors go down the medication route? Let us know!