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Research Shows Stress Can Shrink Key Parts of the Brain

Elements Therapeutic Massage - Southpark Dec 5, 2012

Researchers at Yale University recently published a study showing that stress can actually causes physical changes in the structure of the brain and how it functions. It's one more piece of evidence showing that stress is an underlying cause for many different diseases and health conditions.

Fortunately, research also continues to show that massage is a great way to relieve stress and that regular massage can have a beneficial impact on your health.

Here is an excerpt to an article about the study with a link to the entire article following:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) - A new study has found that living a stressful life may lead to shrinking in important parts of the brain.

Researchers at Yale University saw reductions in the amount of gray matter in parts of the brain that control physiological and emotional functioning in those who endured significant amounts of stress.

According to a press release on Yale’s website, the study observed over 100 healthy participants by conducting magnetic resonance imaging scans while they  answered questions about potentially traumatic life events, including the losing of a loved one, job or home.

“They found that even the brains of subjects who had only recently experienced a stressful life event showed markedly lower gray matter in portions of the … area of the brain that regulates not only emotions and self-control, but physiological functions such as blood pressure and glucose levels,” the release stated.

You can find the entire article here.

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