Massage Therapy and Depression
What is Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is used to manipulate muscles and soft tissue, to release blockades and enhance function, well being and promote relaxation.
In the Far East various techniques have been used for more than 3000 years and it is believed to calm the mind and improve your mood, while easing physical pain and aches.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health stated that massage therapy may help to relieve signs of depression.
How Can Massage Therapy Help Relieve Depression?
Stiffened and tight muscles and connective tissue usually leads to pain and limited movement. Massage is well known to relieve tension, increase blood and oxygen flow while promoting relaxation.
Massage therapy doesn’t cure the depression itself, but is able to relieve physical symptoms, manage and reduce stress levels and lift your mood.
What Does Massage Therapy Involve?
Different massages involve different techniques, with or without clothing, hot stones or even acupuncture needles.
Depending on your needs and circumstances, your massage therapist will find the right treatment for you. Most therapists offer a wide range of massage techniques such as Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, Hot Stone and more.
Benefits of Massage
- promotes relaxation
- reduces stress
- reduces blood pressure and improves circulation
- improves posture by balancing muscle tone
- strengthens the immune system and releases endorphins
- strengthens the mind and body connection
Dr. Mason Turner, chief of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Hospital San Francisco states that massage therapy can help improve depression alongside conservative treatments.
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