Massage therapy improves overall health, and when someone is trying to get through a difficult period, they need all the resources they can get.”
Recent studies have shown Massage therapy increases circulation and improves the balance in terms of stress hormones.
Physical Health, Mental Symptoms
Studies in patients experiencing physical medical conditions such as cancer have also pointed to the beneficial effects of massage for treating anxiety and depression related to those conditions. Studies on breast cancer patients found massage helped reduce levels of depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Other studies point to massage therapy as a way to reduce prenatal depression in pregnant women.
Many recent studies point to the potential usefulness of massage in treating a range of psychological issues in children, such as attention disorders, aggression, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In a 2019 study on eating disorders and depression, researchers “highlight the importance of assessing massage therapy effects on biochemical imbalances, such as depressed dopamine levels, as well as behavior and mood disturbances in children and adolescents with psychological problems.”
Another 2019 study compared the effectiveness of soft tissue manipulation and a relaxation technique in reducing anxiety levels in young adults. The researchers found that the level of perceived anxiety decreased “significantly” in the group receiving soft tissue manipulation.