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Massage Therapy + Mental Health

May 15, 2014

According to the American Psychology Association, stress levels among U.S. adults are rising, and it's having a negative impact on mental and physical health.

Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression may be positively affected with massage therapy.

 

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Studies Show Massage Therapy Can Help Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • Reduce trait anxiety and depression with a course of care providing benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy.
  • Increase neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety and decrease hormones associated with increasing anxiety.
  • Significantly decrease heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure.
  • Reduce depression in individuals with HIV, lessen anxiety in cancer patients, reduce anxiety and depression in military veterans and lower work-related stress for nurses.

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