Many clinical trials have shown that massage reduces anxiety, along with a range of other symptoms such as pain, depression and high blood pressure.
What the trials tell us
The trial results tell us that that practically any massage works. It don’t need any of the therapeutic add ons normally associated with therapeutic massage, nor does it need the use of any special points or rituals. It appears that the only thing required is does the normal things massage does: relaxes muscles, works on tender lumps and stimulates blood flow. As expected, once off applications of massage were tested for their short term effect, while multiple applications of therapy were used to produce more significant and lasting results. There is a summary of the trials below. You will find trial three very interesting.
A practical away to get these benefits
The trials used repeated applications of therapy to get the best results. Multiple sessions a week were common, while one even used the massage for three 15 minute sessions per day. If done by professionals on an ongoing basis this would be extremely expensive and time consuming. A practical way to use this therapy to help anxiety would be the self use of vibration massage. This is easy to use, has the desired effects and can be self applied for no ongoing cost.
Trial one: hospital patients with high blood pressure (1)
This trial used 120 patients hospitalised with high blood pressure. The patients were given three 15 minute sessions of back massage each day for six days. Those receiving the massages had excellent reductions in anxiety and blood pressure.