Anxiety and depression are common disorders but serious. Massage therapy could help.

An estimated 18 percent of adult Americans are suffering from some kind of anxiety disorder and around 10 percent are suffering from some type of depression. Such diseases will coexist and sometimes stay untreated. Depression and anxiety can interfere with social functioning and result in increased risk of unemployment, disease and even death. They may play an aggravating role in other health conditions and make an individual more susceptible to illness. Although anxiety and depression with medicine, psychotherapy, or a mixture of both may also be handled effectively, such solutions are not necessarily appropriate, acceptable, or affordable. Any individuals may be reluctant or unable to take medicine owing to health problems, reactions with medications, moral convictions or adverse side effects.Learn more about us at  Falls Church Chiropractors Massage

In all communities psychotherapy is not available and may be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming. Social isolation could be stopping certain individuals from pursuing care. Some people just don’t respond well to modern therapies. Clearly, an readily available medication without unpleasant side effects would be beneficial.

Research has shown that massage therapy can effect both anxiety and depression in a beneficial way

Early research at the University of Miami Medical School’s Touch Research Institute demonstrated that 30 minutes of daily massage therapy to hospitalized depressed adolescents over a 5-day period brought about an improvement in mood and behaviour. Since then, many studies have documented that massage therapy can affect depression and anxiety in a beneficial way. In reality, it’s one of the massage outcomes most reliably recorded.

Fear may be classified into two general classes: fear of the Environment and anxiety of characteristics. State anxiety represents a temporary response to a stressful situation. Trait anxiety is a perpetual, chronic state of anxiety. There are many specific anxiety disorders like panic attack disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and so on. Massage therapy has been shown to have at least a minor benefit for both state and trait anxiety, and even a single massage session may help alleviate state anxiety symptoms. A series of massage sessions, however, have been found to offer the most benefit and appear to be especially helpful for trait anxiety disorders.

How does that work for physical therapy?

We don’t know exactly how massage works for relieving depression and anxiety. Massage has been thought to reduce the stress hormone cortisol for many years and this has brought about the improvement. However, more modern work has found that the way we think of massage will not suppress cortisol. Nobody’s exactly positive if the results of massage alter. There are some hypotheses but there aren’t enough data to support them. Specific effects are still under investigation on the nervous system, hormones, neurotransmitters, etc .. We know human beings are wired biologically to respond to the touch. Maybe it’s the combined effect of focused, caring attention and tactile stimulation, or maybe the muscle relaxation is signaling the brain to move to a calmer state. Fortunately, to benefit from this, we don’t need to understand precisely how this change comes about. As we learn more over time, it can help us understand how to optimize the effects of massage therapy, and help massage gain acceptance as an anxiety and depression treatment.