It may sound silly that people actually receive money to preform studies to prove that massage decreases depression. Well, studies, lots of studies prove that massage does reduce depression across the board including:
- Postpartum depression
- Depression from Fibromyalgia
- HIV/Aids related depression
- Depression in adolescent mothers
- Chronic fatigue
This list was compiled from the Touch Research Institute in Miami FL who has done studies on other ailments being affected by massage as well. Massage is no longer a luxury afforded only to the wealthy, it is a healthy habit that benifits everyone, including the depressed.
The types of depression discussed here are not just ‘feeling blue’ or ‘down in the dumps’ that go away in a day or two. Clinical depression lasts for two weeks or longer and has other debilitating effects in addition to feeling poorly. If you feel you might suffer from depression, contact your physician for a check up. Discuss with the doctor your ideas of getting a massage and if they are opposed because it will not help depression they are misinformed. Please refer them to this article or the Touch Research Institute for more information.