Massage and Anxiety

Massage and Anxiety

Everybody has experienced stress and anxiety at some point in their lives, right?  Stress is a normal part of life, but for some people it can become excessive. Anxiety disorders affect 18 percent of the US population. They involve excessive worry and irrational fears that can interfere with your ability to live your life.

Generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and phobias are types of anxiety disorders. While there are varying symptoms with each, many physiological responses overlap with the different disorders. Some disorders manifest with physical symptoms like sleeping problems, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, nausea, sweating, or dry mouth. Others are purely emotional, denoted by  excessive, unrealistic worry or feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness. Usually, there’s a combination of physical and emotional symptoms.

How do you know if you are just stressed or if it’s something else?

Most people experience symptoms of anxiety at one time or another, but for those with a disorder, normal daily life is often interrupted and limited. Many people are able to function with symptoms while others are unable cope with them. Stressed out? Constantly worried? Having trouble coping? Just like with any health problem that is interfering with your ability to live your life, talking to your doctor is the first step. They will be able to discuss what treatment options are best for you. Ranging from medication to therapy to stress-management techniques, like meditation and massage.

Massage for Anxiety?

Yep! Research suggests that massage therapy can help with anxiety.

Massage Therapy, along with medication and lifestyle changes have helped me get my anxiety under control. I’ve found it to be a great way to just forget about my worries for an hour. It’s also helped with physical symptoms, like tense muscles.

Nervous about giving massage a try? Give me a call and ask questions. Check with your doctor or counselor. If you are ready to schedule an appointment, Book Now