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A recent review of more than a dozen massage studiesconducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine concludes that massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety. It does so by affecting the body’s biochemistry.
In a group of studies which included about 500 men, women, and children with depression or stress problems, researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage. Massage therapy lowered levels by up to 53%.
Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.
Speaking from experience, a good massage therapist can work wonders. After a car wreck messed my back up, a chiropractor put me back together – or at least it seemed that way! The chiropractor’s daughter, a “Core Massage Therapist,” was in business with her and my visits to her did as much for my back as the adjustments did. I also noticed that on the days I received massages, I was more relaxed than on other days. There was quite a bit of stress surrounding the accident – my car was totaled, the insurance agency of the other driver…the one in the wrong…. was a separate pain in a separate location, plus being in pain causes its own kind of stress. However, on the days I was in the massage therapist’s hands – none of that seemed to matter nearly as much.
To find a qualified massage therapist, visit The American Massage Therapy Association. Or check with your local chiropractic offices, they often have massage therapists on staff.
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