Stress causes your heart rate and blood pleasure to rise and your muscles to tighten up. This isn’t a problem when it’s temporary, but when stress and its effects become chronic, your health can suffer. Due to muscles remaining tense at all times, chronic stress can lead to joint aches and pains, headaches, chronic back and neck pain and other issues.
The tricky thing about stress is that the physical and mental effects of it can create more stress. But massage therapy helps to break this cycle by combatting the physical symptoms. Massage techniques, which involve rubbing, stroking, stretching and applying pressure to the muscles, help return muscles to a relaxed state, reducing stress-related aches and pains. Moreover, massages tend to be a relaxing experience in general. They typically take place in a peaceful environment and thereby afford the patient a sense of calm.
If you’re dealing with chronic stress, talk with your doctor about using massage therapy for treatment. For a safe and effective therapeutic massage, seek out a certified massage therapist.