A growing body of medical research is beginning to lead to the conclusion that massage can have a powerful effect in reducing the symptoms of depression. The question is that how large a role massage can have in helping the depressed patient, but many physicians and psychologists are seeing massage as a useful medical tool to help the patients.
While it is far too simplistic to say that massage can cure depression, it can certainly help the patient to better cope with, and it can improve the patient’s quality of life.
Skin is the first line of our defense system, it also serves as the channel that connects body with the external world. The skin and muscle tissues are densely packed with nerves which feed directly into the central nervous system. It is believed that this intimate link between the brain and skin gives the supporting fact to the power of touch of massage.
Depression is frequently linked to physical discomfort-as the cause and effect. This vicious cycle may begin with muscular pains triggering a depressive episode or, more typical case, with depression exacerbating physical pain. Massage can help to break this pain-depression chain.
A fair number of other aids are available to those suffering from depression-exercise, aromatherapy, yoga, meditation and certain hers, such as Saint John’s Wort, have all shown to be of some use to many depression sufferers. However, just by using drug treatment alone is not usually enough; drug therapy has to be combined with cognitive therapy, which helps correct patient’s life perspectives. Professional medical assistance is almost always needed in cases of depression.
The psychological effects of massage should not be underestimated. If the client feels healthier, invigorated and more energetic, then the massage has been worth the effort. In fact, majority of people feel wonderful after massage therapy, the uplifting effect is felt both physically and mentally. Massage also relieves pain, by promoting the production of mood-enhancing biochemicals and by improving circulation, easing the muscle and nerve tightness in tense areas.
Massage helps clients to become more aware of where they are holding tension, and where they have tight muscles or painful areas. The client should be told that when muscles are tight there is constriction in the circulation to the affected area. Becoming aware of these trouble spots and treating them, is considered part of preventive maintenance.
Based on scientific theory with the aid of pathologic perspective, depression is effectively alleviated in the process of medical massage.