Recent studies have shown that massage can be extremely beneficial as a complimentary treatment for many mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, agitated behaviours, PMS and can even assist with the symptoms of dimentia.
It has been found to reduce stress hormones (cortisol) and depressive symptoms, and also help release ‘feel good’ hormones such serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help reduce depression. As massage has an effect on the nervous system it is helpful in reducing the generalised pain in fibromyalgia and other fatigue related symptoms.
PMS is a condition with over 150 signs and symptoms, and is estimated that 75% of women will experience PMS at some stage in their life. Studies have shown that massage therapy can improve the overall PMS symptom profile, reduce pain and water retention (lymphatic drainage can also be used to help these symptoms).
Massage therapy should be used along with other therapies such as medication, counselling or psychological therapies and behavioural therapies to help treat a mental health condition.