How to Beat Depression With Massage

By · Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Many people suffer from the repercussions of depression and stress these days. The onset of these mental states is most widely connected to the over or under production of chemicals that exist naturally in the body. These chemicals are called neuroendocrine substances and they include dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and cortisol. When talking about ways to control depression among other disorders, serotonin is one of the most discussed chemicals in modern medical studies. Most medications for depression are created to try and control the levels at which the body releases this chemical in order to stabilize someone who suffers from depression.

Here are some of the major effects that massage therapy has on the chemicals that are included in the neuroendocrine substances. The first of which is Dopamine (influences motor activity that involves movement), massage increases the available level of dopamine in the body. Low dopamine levels result in lack of motor control, clumsiness, inability to focus, and boredom. Massage also increases the levels of Serotonin which, in short, allows people to do the appropriate thing at the appropriate time. When serotonin levels are low implications are seen in depression, eating disorders, pain disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Next is Oxytocin the chemical implicated in sustaining human relationships and massage actually increases the availability of this substance. Lastly there are the effects of massage the Cortisol, which is implicated in stress related symptoms and diseases and massage therapy has been shown to reduce these levels.

In short massage therapy is one of many safe, alternative ways in which you can sooth the effects of depression and other disorders by addressing the root of the problem in a natural way.

Until Next Time,

Kandace Fields, LMT
Advanced Health Source – Rancho Cucamonga


By JennyPennyBenny on March 2nd, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I really appreciate this article because it gives me one more tool to help my mother’s battle with depression. Thanks for sharing!


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