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What we’ll cover
  1. Endorphins: The Pain Killer and Runner’s High
  2. Dopamine: The Reward Chemical
  3. Serotonin: The Mood Stabiliser
  4. Oxytocin: The Love Hormone

Happy Hormones

Serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins are famously happy hormones that promote positive feelings like pleasure, happiness, and even love. Certain tasks we perform or actions we take can alter the production levels of these hormones and therefore we can intentionally cause them to flow.

These current times of uncertainty and anxiety of what’s around the corner can mean the flow of these hormones are few and far between. In this blog, our physiotherapist Amelia Thomas discusses what they actually are and how you can work towards small goals each day to help improve your overall physical and mental health and happiness.

Endorphins: The Pain Killer and Runner’s High

Endorphins are hormones that function as the body’s natural painkiller and induce euphoria. They inhibit the transmission of pain signals in the central nervous system and act as the body’s natural morphine. This hormone is commonly referred to as “runner’s high” due to the big rush of endorphins that are released after a run or exercise. The combination of endorphins and dopamine explains why people get hooked on running.

Dopamine: The Reward Chemical

This chemical is part of the brain’s reward system, it’s what gives you pleasurable sensations and keeps you coming back for more once you achieve a goal, desire or need. Procrastination, self-doubt, and lack of enthusiasm are linked with low levels of dopamine. Breaking larger goals down into smaller ones, and celebrating your success more frequently, is the key to ensuring dopamine levels remain high.

Serotonin: The Mood Stabiliser

Serotonin is mainly produced in your gut and has a big role in regulating your mood. It is present when you feel significant and important, and scarce when lonely and depressed. A regular fitness regimen is known to boost serotonin and therefore mood, relieve anxiety, and even combat depression. It also boosts the diversity of your gut microbiome, which is equally beneficial for overall health.

Oxytocin: The Love Hormone

Oxytocin gives a feeling of trust, it motivates you to build intimate relationships and sustain them, hence often deemed the “love hormone”. It is the desire to stick together with those you “trust”, which creates a feeling of safety or comfort. Importantly, oxytocin can boost your immune system, help fight stress, improve relationships and promote long-lasting positive emotions.

Here a few suggestions that you may want to use to help boost the production of these hormones:

Dopamine (The Reward Chemical)

 

Completing a task and celebrating (even the small wins)

Exercising

Self-care activities

Eating food

 

Serotonin (The Mood Stabiliser)

 

Running, Cycling or Swimming (Exercise!)

Walking (better if in nature)

Meditating

Sun exposure

Endorphins (The Pain Killer)

 

Exercise

Laughter

Dark Chocolate

The smell of lavender and vanilla

Oxytocin (The Love Hormone)

 

Giving a compliment

Playing with a dog or baby

Hugging a loved one

Holding hands

 

There are some natural ways to increase your levels of dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin which will boost your mood, emotions, and even cognitive function. Activities like exercise, eating a meal with loved ones, celebrating your small wins and increasing your intake of prebiotics and probiotics are all beneficial.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’ve been doing to boost your happy hormones. Contact us today.


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Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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