Health & Wellness
Quality sleep is vital to health and wellness. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): "Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression—which threaten our nation’s health. Notably, insufficient sleep is associated with the onset of these diseases and also poses important implications for their management and outcome. Moreover, insufficient sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related crashes, causing substantial injury and disability each year. In short, drowsy driving can be as dangerous—and preventable—as driving while intoxicated."
The National Institutes of Health has advised that massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve sleep and, based on research gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association, massage has been shown to improve sleep in infants, children, adults, and the elderly alike, as well as individuals with psychiatric disorders, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, lower back pain, cerebral palsy, and breast disease.
Studies show that massage therapy can have a profound affect on mood, with anxiety reduction being one of the most well established effects. Evidence for the effectiveness of massage in promoting mental health crosses multiple presenting conditions and populations.
Depression: According to a 2010 metaanalysis published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, massage is associated with alleviated symptoms in depressed people.
Trait Anxiety & Depression: Reductions of trait anxiety and depression were identified as the largest effects of massage in a 2004 meta-analysis of massage therapy research. A course of treatment provided benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy, according to this study published in Psychological Bulletin.
Depression in cancer patients:There is a vast body of evidence showing the positive effects of massage in cancer palliation. According to a study
published in Support Care Cancer, massage therapy is an efficient treatment for reducing depression in breast cancer patients. A 2009 systematic review also suggested that massage can alleviate a wide range of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, depression, anger, stress and fatigue.
Menopause:A study of 87 women in Complementary Therapies in Medicine concluded that massage was effective in reducing the psychological symptoms of menopause.
Occupational stress:A 2015 study of intensive care nurses showed that massage was an effective, non-invasive way to reduce stress, promote mental health and prevent the decrease in quality of work life.
Anorexia & Bulimia: Massage, aerobic exercise and yoga may improve mental and physical quality of life in patients with an eating disorder, according to a 2014 systematic review of physical therapy interventions published in Disability and Rehabilitation.