As someone who deals with occasional bouts of depression, I know first hand how it can totally affect your day-to-day life. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that over 350 million people, globally, deal with varying levels of depression. It affects every age group, every race, in all corners of the Earth. But did you know that fewer than half of those affected seek any form of treatment? I’m sure there are many reasons for this, in part due to the social stigma around seemingly any mental health issue, but maybe also because some treatments come with negative side effects, or require our precious time, energy, and dollars in various medical offices, and we have other things we’d simply rather be doing. So we wait, and wait, and wait.
Regular Massage Therapy Treatments are Clinically Proven to Help!
Check out this excerpt from article by Prevention Magazine:
“A review of more than a dozen massage studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine concludes that massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry. In a series of studies including about 500 men, women, and children with depression or stress problems, researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage and found that the therapy lowered levels by up to 53%. (Cortisol can drive up blood pressure and blood sugar levels and suppress the immune system.) Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.”
Have you been feeling a bit “Blah” lately? It could be related to the changing weather!
Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. – Mayo Clinic
We want to see everyone in high spirits this Winter! If you are suffering from SAD, chronic stress, anxiety, depression, or physical aches and pains please give our office a call to see if Massage Therapy can help you have a Happier, Healthier Holiday season. 🙂
*You should always seek the guidance of a licensed physician for a firm diagnosis and treatment plan if you suspect you or a loved one may have depression. Massage Therapy should always be considered a piece to your puzzle of treatment options not the end-all-be-all solution.