What Are The Mental Health Benefits Of Massage?

  • Massage Therapy
  • March 11, 2024
  • 4 min read
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Recent medical research has shown a direct causal link between massage therapy and a positive impact on many common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. In addition, there is mounting evidence that massage can assist as part a wider program to help treat more complex mental health issues. Below are some of the ways massage therapy is improving people’s mental health.

What Are The Mental Health Benefits Of Massage?

Mental Health for Veterans

The journal for Military Medicine recently published research that found massage therapy helped veterans relieve pain, irritability, tension, worry, anxiety, and depression. As part of treatment for posttraumatic stress, clinical psychologist John Fortunato put veterans through a comprehensive regimen of therapies, including different types of massage. The message therapy allowed veterans to learn to relax again, and get the healthy sleep their bodies needed by helping to turn off their hyperaroused survival mechanisms.

A recent Mayo Clinic study followed 38 nurses who received chair massages at work once a week for 10 weeks. The research showed that the healthcare professionals who received the chair massages experienced a reduction in stress-related symptoms, including joint and muscle pain, shoulder tension, fatigue, headaches, and insomnia.

Depression and Anxiety

Two of the most common mental health issues affecting adults in the U.S. today, depression and anxiety can have a massively negative impact on peoples lives. Researchers in Taiwan compiled the results of17 scientific studies involving nearly 800 people. The compiled results showed massage for people experiencing depression led to a reduction in the symptoms of depression.

A similar line of research, conducted at Japan’s Kyushu University, found that facial massage has the beneficial effect of reducing participants’ physiological distress. The Japanese researchers concluded that massage activated participants’ sympathetic nervous system, which, in turn, led to a reduction in anxiety and an improved mood.

Neurotransmitter And Hormone Balance

Researcher conducted at the University of Miami School of Medicine has shown massage therapy activates neurotransmitters that can decrease anxiety and lower the level of stress hormone levels, such as cortisol, in participants. The research showed that massage therapy had a positive effect on participants with a range of mental health issues, including depression, eating disorders, and stress.

The research team found that regular massage led to a 30% increase in serotonin and dopamine production in those participants who underwent massage, as well as a proportional reduction in the stress hormone cortisol. The research team suggested that massage therapy was responsible for the increase in mood-improving neurotransmitters and, therefore, an overall decrease in stress levels.

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Ivy Adams
Massage Therapy Program Chair

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Ivy is a proud graduate of Northwest Career College, class of 1999, and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist ever since. Her eighteen years of experience has taken her through an eclectic array of…Read Full Bio