It’s normal to feel stressed or sad sometimes, but if you have you found these negative feelings are persisting and impacting your life, it’s important to seek help from your doctor and psychotherapist. Research also shows that extended health care practices such as Registered Massage Therapy can also help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.


Anxiety can be described as feelings of apprehension, tension, or worry.
Depression can feel like prolonged sadness and/or loss of interest in activities. 
Your doctor may prescribe medication to help with these emotional states and/or refer you to a psychotherapist. Your psychotherapist can offer coping tools and proven treatments such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).

How can massage decrease negative emotional states like anxiety and depression?

  • Calming Atmosphere
    Treatment rooms are often designed to be a relaxing sanctuary away from the busyness of everyday life, with calming sounds and soft lighting. 
  • Safe Environment
    RMTs strive to provide a feeling of safety, trust, and care for clients. 
  • Pain Relief
    Massage techniques and relaxation may decrease the physical sensation of pain or discomfort. Acute (short-term) pain is often associated with anxiety, where chronic pain is associated with depression.
  • Relaxation
    While stress and anxiety can activate the fight-or-flight stress nervous system response, relaxing massage techniques including deep breathing or guided meditation exercises can activate the rest and relaxation nervous system response.

Recommendation:
If you have been feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed, we recommend booking a 60-minute or 90-minute registered massage therapy treatment for relaxation. After an assessment, your RMT will then create a treatment plan to best suit your wellness goals.

We are happy to help you feel more at ease.

If you have questions about your specific injury and how to properly manage your symptoms we are happy to help!

Samantha Lahonen. RMT Registered Massage Therapist. Certified Yoga & Exercise Instructor

Reference
Baskwill, A. (2007). Does massage therapy actually address emotionalstates such as anxiety and depression? Massage Therapy Today, pages 9,10, 21.RMTAO. ISSN 1911 – 8813.
Link: https://www.rmtao.com/Media/Default/MTT/MTT_May2007_Web.pdf

The Physiotherapists at Integrative Physiotherapy provides high quality assessment and treatment techniques using safe and evidence based techniques to the residents of Barrie and surrounding areas. Our therapists are continually upgrading their skills and taking time to provide you with the one on one care necessary to quickly get you back to the activities you love doing.  Comprehensive assessment and treatment techniques are always one on one without the use of assistants or double booking patients to make sure that you achieve your functional and sports goals as soon as possible.  

Our therapists would be happy to help you to achieve your goals, Contact Us to schedule your appointment.  Don’t let pain ruin your day!

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