Depression and anxiety are rampant in modern American culture. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental health, more than 18% of all healthy adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, while over 10% suffer from depression. These types of conditions can lead to impaired social functioning and a greater vulnerability to disease.
As a natural and effective treatment approach, massage therapy can help. Here’s how:
Humans are biologically hardwired to respond to touch. With massage the combined effects of focused attention with tactile stimulation can assist the brain with shifting to a more calm and centered state.
Reducing Stress and Anxiety
The application of pressure and movement in any massage session can reduce the body’s stress hormone, cortisol. In turn, massage also boosts the production of feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin to reduce overall stress levels and decrease anxiety.
Unlike other more complicated forms of treatments, massage is widely available and easily accessible. In addition, in can be used in tandem with other health-boosting activities like yoga or meditation to encourage a mindful practice.
Depression and anxiety are serious conditions and it is important to consult with your doctor for professional advice. If you suffer from one of these issues, we’d love to be a part of your wellness strategy. Book an appointment with our team today and talk to your massage therapist about how we can help you cope with your condition to live a more happy and productive life.