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How Myotherapy Therapy Can Aid In The Treatment Of Mental Health Conditions

Myotherapy is gaining traction in the health industry and is even starting to get accepted as an alternative treatment for mental health conditions. Some types of myotherapy can work alongside traditional therapies for mental health issues like anxiety, depression. They have even proven to have astounding benefits, especially in improving a person’s mental state and mood. 

Human contact is vital to one’s well-being. From childhood development to overall wellness, human touch stimulates the release of oxytocin, which is a love and bonding hormone that gives one the sense of sociability, belonging, and, more importantly, trust. 

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the mental health issue that Myotherapy can help treat as well as the kinds of myotherapy that can help achieve this goal.


1. Stress

While today’s social norms would have you believe that there’s no way of escaping stress, the truth is that stress can take a toll on the body as well as the nervous system. 

If you don’t figure out a way to deal with stress soon, symptoms may culminate into frequent migraines, stomach cramps, muscle spasms, joint pain, high blood pressure, and fatigue. Cortisol, which is the body’s stress hormone, is produced in surplus when we’re under pressure (for instance, when you’re juggling multiple tasks at the same time or rushing to beat a deadline). And excess cortisol inhibits the production of dopamine – the happy hormone. Myotherapy can help you relax both mentally and physically, which in turn prompts the increase of dopamine levels and enhances the mind’s ability to stay focussed and calm.


2. Anxiety

Myotherapy can alleviate the symptoms of panic disorder and anxiety since it helps the body relax, which helps in the eradication of negative and fearful thoughts. Massage therapy, in essence, is a relaxation technique that induces a relaxing effect that helps lower the heart rate, calms one’s nervous system, and reduces the symptoms of worry. As a result, the body can better manage its flight-or-fight response. 

According to a study conducted by the Psychological Bulletin, reduction of depression and anxiety were pointed out as the most significant effects of massage therapy. 


3. Depression

Depression is perhaps the most notorious mental health condition, and it has a massive impact on people’s lives and can even make it next to impossible for one to cope with day-to-day tasks.  Myotherapy has been found to aid in reducing the symptoms of depression by stimulating the production of dopamine and inducing a calmer and more focussed mental state. Myotherapy also helps activate neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which is vital in promoting sleep and improving mood. 

If you are struggling with mental health, getting a massage may just help you feel better. Contact Northern Sports Myotherapy today to book a session!

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