Can Massage Relieve Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety?
Stress is an inevitable part of life. In the present times where every day seems to bring a new kind of stress, it is almost impossible to take away all the stress and anxiety. A recent research revealed more than 90 percent of illness results from stress alone. This constant anxiety eventually begins to interfere with our daily activities including work, school, relationships, the list continues forever. So, it becomes important to reduce physical and emotional stress in order to improve overall health and well-being.
Causes and Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety, or anxiety disorders affect about 18.1 percent of the adult population, and is more likely to impact women than men. Also, studies show that anxiety disorders affect the digestive, respiratory and cardiovascular system, also interrupting one of the most important functions of our body - sleep. Unhealthy relationships, financial problems, work stress and substance abuse and a whole range of other issues can result in anxiety, stress and depression.
Usually, the symptoms of anxiety and depression are vague. The common signs of anxiety include-
- Being restless and on edge
- Feeling of tiredness and fatigue for no reason
- Problems in concentrating
- Irritability and unexplained feelings
- Insomnia, disturbed sleep
Treating Anxiety and Stress
Usually, a physician may prescribe anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medications for anxiety. Also, cognitive behavioural therapy and stress management training is recommended to treat anxiety, stress and depression. However, taking medications and beta blockers are not always the right cures to anxiety and depression. A natural treatment- massage has come out the best therapy to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. Here’s why-
Massage therapy is excellent in managing anxiety because it has been proven to address two of the most significant symptoms of anxiety: massage therapy reduces sleep disturbances and insomnia, whilst also assisting in reduced pain from muscle tension. Sleep is vital for your body to function properly. It helps achieve a complete state of rest and relaxation which allows the body and mind to repair and regenerate. Sleep deprivation can wreak a havoc on your mental functions and emotional state. Getting a massage regularly will help improve sleep, therefore reduces the overall symptoms of anxiety.
Also, the massage movements – pressing, kneading and softly jabbing - are quite effective in alleviating pain and reducing muscle tension. By eliminating pain from muscle tension and improving sleep, massage therapy can have a significant impact on the reduction of signs and symptoms of anxiety. When we achieve better sleep, our bodies and minds can repair and regenerate. When we reduce pain from muscle tension, we experience an overall sense of relief, calmness, clarity and relaxation.