Can Massage Therapy Assist With Reducing Symptoms of Depression?

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Time and time again, research has shown that depression causes behavioral and physical symptoms. These often include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, self-esteem, and more. Other physical signs of depression may include migraines, joint pain such as fibromyalgia, digestive problems such as constipation and bloating, chest pain, back pain with tension in the neck, and more – all of which can deeply affect daily life. According to a study published in the journal Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, approximately 69% of people who meet the criteria for depression also experience aches and pains. If you’ve been struggling with symptoms of depression, the right treatment center can help you heal – mentally, physically, and spiritually.

A 2015 study published in the Indian Journal of Fundamental and Applied Life Sciences sought to explore the effects of massage therapy on students; 30 student volunteers with depression were randomly selected to either massage therapy or regular therapy as a comparison group. Swedish massage therapy – a relaxing, full-body massage involving massage oil and lotions – was conducted on the massage group 3 times a week for 8 weeks, 30 minutes each session. Both the massage and non-massage group were then given depression inventory surveys. Results from the study found that for depressed participants, massage therapy showed significant improvements to their depressive symptoms.

As stated by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage therapy can relieve stress, reduce anxiety, manage lower back pain, reduce muscle tension, relieve tension headaches, improve balance, lower blood pressure, and much more. Many reputable treatment programs offer massage therapy that can be completed alongside traditional treatment programs activities. As previous research has shown, massage therapy benefits the mind, body, and spirit. In a relaxing setting, you will be able to release all of the pent up stress, energy, and tension acquired from life’s obstacles.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about massage therapy and treatment programs that could assist you on your journey to recovery. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.

Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 888-958-7511 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you.

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