Medical Massage for Stress and Anxiety: a Natural Approach

Medical Massage for Stress and Anxiety: a Natural Approach



In our fast-paced world, stress and anxiety have unfortunately become an integral part of our daily lives. While various treatments and coping strategies exist, medical massage is emerging as a compelling, natural method to address these mental health issues.

Medical massage, a therapeutic practice distinct from general relaxation or spa massage, is designed specifically to alleviate discomfort or pain in targeted areas of the body. But the benefits go beyond physical relief – it’s the mental health benefits that can be truly transformative.

When our bodies are tense and stressed, our brain releases a hormone called cortisol, often referred to as the “stress hormone”. A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that after receiving massage therapy, patients showed a significant decrease in cortisol levels. This reduction can help manage stress, anxiety, and even depression.

Moreover, massage therapy increases serotonin and dopamine levels – our body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals, which can lead to feelings of calm, relaxation, and a general sense of well-being. This is especially beneficial for those suffering from anxiety disorders or mood disturbances.

Furthermore, the physical touch aspect of massage has been shown to offer comfort and create a sense of connection, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation that often accompany mental health challenges.

To sum it up, medical massage can serve as a powerful tool in your mental health toolkit, providing a drug-free, non-invasive, and holistic method of combating stress and anxiety. If you’re seeking a natural approach to mental well-being, consider exploring medical massage at your local wellness center.

Please remember, while medical massage can assist in managing stress and anxiety, it should not replace professional mental health support but rather serve as a complementary treatment. Always consult with a healthcare provider for any mental health concerns.


Michelle Whittaker (LAc), is a Licensed Acupuncturist and founder of D’vida Injury Clinic & Wellness Center. For more info, please visit or call (503) 626-2166 or check them out on Facebook and Google.