The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) notes that massage therapy can be effective for stress relief. Stress is a prevalent component in today’s fast-paced world which can negatively impact on an individual’s health and well-being. Massage therapy has been shown to be a means by which stress can be reduced significantly on physical and psychological levels. While massage therapists know from experience that massage reduces stress, there is considerable research that validates our experience.
In a study on the effect of trigger point therapy, there was a significant decrease in heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure. Measures of oxygen consumption, blood pressure, and salivary cortisol levels were all lower after a 10 to 15-minute massage in controlled studies.
Changes in psychological states have been measured by physiological responses, the Perceived Stress Scale, the POMS Depression Scale, and the Anxiety State Scale. In these studies, all subjects in the massage group showed significant changes in emotional states and stress levels.
Stress is a response to pressure or threat. Under stress, we may feel tense, nervous, or on edge. The stress response is physical, too. Stress triggers a surge of a hormone called adrenaline that temporarily affects the nervous system.
Stress suppresses the immune system, which makes it easier for you to get sick and harder to fight off bugs. When people are stressed, they get sick. It could be a cold or cold sores, which pop up because the immune system can’t suppress the virus. These are just symptoms, but the underlying cause is stress.
It is imperative to your health to take action steps to combat the effects of stress. Like with most of our problems, stress will not just go away by itself. Long after we have sorted out a stressful situation, our bodies still feel the effects of stress. You need to be proactive in managing your stress levels and book regular stress management sessions with your therapist.
I utilize a variety of different modalities that have been proven to combat stress and its effects on our minds and bodies. Take that first step to wellness today and contact me to book your stress management consultation.
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