Massage Therapy & Mental Health

Massage therapy has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health.. One of the ways massage therapy can improve mental health is by improving sleep quality. Sleep problems are common in people with mental health conditions, and massage therapy can help promote relaxation and reduce tension, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. Improved sleep quality can also have a positive impact on mood and overall well-being.

Additionally, massage therapy can help reduce stress levels, which is beneficial for people with anxiety and depression. Stress can exacerbate symptoms of these conditions, and massage therapy can help lower stress levels by promoting relaxation, reducing muscle tension, and lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This can lead to a reduction in symptoms and an overall improvement in mood.

It’s important to note that chronic pain can also have a negative impact on mental health, as those suffering from chronic pain can experience anxiety and depression. This is where massage therapy can be particularly beneficial, as it has been recognized as an effective treatment option for chronic pain. By reducing pain and improving physical function, massage therapy can help improve overall quality of life and reduce the negative impact of chronic pain on mental health.

Overall, massage therapy can be a valuable complementary approach to improve mental health and reduce the negative impact of stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain on daily life. If you are considering massage therapy for mental health or chronic pain, it’s important to consult with a registered massage therapist and your healthcare provider to develop a safe and effective treatment plan.

For resources supporting massage therapy for mental health, check out a list of studies compiled in our resource section HERE.