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What Can Massage Do For Those Suffering With Anxiety And Depression?

What Can Massage Do For Those Suffering With Anxiety And Depression?

Kayla Burnside

According to the Anxiety Depression Association of America (ADAA):

*Anxiety disorders are the most common illnesses in the US, affecting 40 million adults, 18 and older. Totalling to 18% of our population.

*Only 1/3 of people are getting any kind of treatment.

*Anxiety and depression are developed from complex risk factors including: genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

*Depression isn't your average feeling "down" because of something specific going on in life. Depression is much more of an ongoing sadness for durations of time happening for no apparent reason and often affecting daily activities.

*It is not uncommon to be diagnosed with anxiety and depression together.

A few symptoms such as chronic pain, Fibromyalgia and stress are deemed co-occurring disorders and should be treated for both disorders for the best overall healing plan. The National Institute of Health states that first and foremost individual's should not self-medicate and should know that you are not alone in the process of trying to feel better and feel normal. Stay active, talk to someone, be around people you love and care for, and lastly get the personal help you need for your specific diagnosis.

Together both anxiety and depression affect the body's biochemistry. The University of Miami School of Medicine states that massage therapy can help with depression and anxiety. After a study with 500 people( men, women and children), they found that the stress hormone cortisol is lowered after massage by 53%. Cortisol drives up the blood pressure and sugar levels while suppressing the immune system. Also, by helping to increase dopamine and serotonin levels in the body, it can lower the effects on the body that depression and anxiety may have.

In an article from the AMTA, Christopher Moyer, PhD from the University of Wisconsin stated that "just as Psychotherapy, it is a relationship dependent on an interpersonal relationship based on trust." Having that basis of trust in a relationship will reap so many benefits to client and therapist.

Depression has not only mental effects but physical effects as well. You may feel "the weight of the world on your shoulders." By having massage the therapist can work on the tension in areas and by the power of touch build an incredible relationship and do so much.

Customized massage treatment can pair well with doctors and psychiatrists to improve the overall health and well-being of the mind and body of the persons suffering from the effects of depression and anxiety. By knowing, as therapist, how to deal with helping depression, we can gain deeper relationships with our clients to help them alleviate some of the everyday struggles they are dealing with.

For more information about receiving a customized therapeutic massage from Elements, call us at 937-401-8501.

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