Depression is a common yet serious mental health condition that comes in many forms. Not everyone suffers from the same side effects of depression, but common symptoms include hopelessness, loss of sleep, low fatigue, to overall aches and physical pain. And just as symptoms vary from person to person, so do the actual diagnoses – including depression, major depression, atypical depression and dysthymia.
How can massage therapy help with depression?
Research has shown that regular massage therapy treatments can help address the effects of depression. When muscles and connective tissues become under-utilized or stiff, it limits the body’s range of motion and can even cause pain. Given massage therapy is a touch-based therapy, the built-up tension in the muscles is greatly reduced. Added benefits of massage therapy is the increase in blood flow and the resulting relaxation.
While massage therapy won’t cure depression, it can help alleviate the associated physical symptoms. Many massage therapy clients report a drastic reduction in back pain and joint pain. Others note they are rewarded with a soothing sensation in the muscles and a renewed boost of energy. Massage therapy is also effective at relieving sluggishness, fatigue and other sleep related concerns.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Reduction of Aches and Pains
Better Night Sleep
Improved Cardiovascular Health & Exercise Performance
Lower Blood Pressure
Reduced Muscle Tension
Enhanced Feeling of Relaxation