Bouldering Envisioned as New Treatment for Depression

Bouldering Envisioned as New Treatment for Depression

UA researcher Eva-Maria Stelzer was involved in a study finding that bouldering can help people avoid a mental avalanche in life. The study provides evidence that a bouldering psychotherapy can be effective for reducing symptoms of depression and that the alleviation of depressive symptoms can be enhanced through physical activity.

A growing body of research suggests that bouldering, a form of rock climbing, can help build muscle and endurance while reducing stress — and a new study co-led by a University of Arizona doctoral student of psychology suggests that the activity also may be used to effectively treat symptoms of depression.

UA researcher Eva-Maria Stelzer and Katharina Luttenberger of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg led a team that involved more than 100 individuals in a bouldering intervention in Germany, where some hospitals have begun to use climbing as a therapeutic treatment.

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Published Date: 
05/24/2017 - 13:03