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Massage Therapy for Stress Reduction

The side effects from constant or continuous stress can affect every element of your life, from your ability to work and sleep, to your desire to spend time with family and friends and take part in your hobbies. If you have tried stress management and stress prevention techniques without success, our chiropractor in Live Oak can help with massage therapy.

Lowers Heart Rate and Focuses on Deep Breathing

Because massage therapy lowers your heart rate, it can also reduce your blood pressure and improve blood circulation. Due to the release of serotonin and endorphins, your body is better able to self-regulate and return to a state of calm relaxation. During massage therapy, our massage therapist will encourage you to focus on deep breathing. This takes you out of your mind and into a state of deep relaxation that can be a good distraction from the cause of and symptoms of your stress.

Improves Relaxation and Mood

Massage therapy triggers a relaxation response in the body, telling bodily functions to slow down. This is particularly important during the height of stress or anxiety, such as when you’re having a panic attack. Massage therapy encourages slower breathing, relaxation of muscles, and a calm focus on balance between the body and mind. During massage therapy, the body releases the relaxation hormone serotonin, which stabilizes your mood. After just one massage therapy session, most patients experience an elevation in mood that can last for hours.

Releases Endorphins and Eases Tension

During massage therapy, your body releases pain-killing hormones called endorphins. These endorphins can counteract many of the side effects of stress and tension, like headaches, shoulder and neck pain, upper and lower back pain, and muscle stiffness.

Treats Headaches, Insomnia, and Other Side Effects of Stress

Because massage therapy promotes relaxation and eases tension, it is a great non-invasive, all-natural remedy for side effects of stress, like headaches, aches and pains, tension, and insomnia. As your body releases pain-killing endorphins, you experience a tranquil, euphoric state that can last for hours after the massage. Your body also releases serotonin during massage therapy, and serotonin improves basic functions like eating, digestion, and sleeping.

Ready to Schedule an Appointment for Massage Therapy in Live Oak?

If you’re ready to schedule an appointment with a massage therapist in Live Oak, come see us at Woywood Integrated Medicine. We specialize in the use of therapeutic massage to treat stress, pain, anxiety, inflammation, stiffness, headaches, and other chronic health conditions. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call us today at (210) 646-9060 or book an appointment online.