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How Pain Can Impact Your Emotional Well-being

May 29

How Pain Can Impact Your Emotional Well-being

By Massage Mesa

Each person experiences pain at different stages and times in their life. About 80% of all doctor visits are attributed to pain. This is the main reason people seek medical attention from a physician for chronic pain. It is believed that 50 million Americans currently suffer from chronic pain.

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • osteoarthritis
  • Pain in the neck and shoulders
  • fibromyalgia

To have adverse effects, it doesn't always have to be constant pain. If you have ever felt muscle aches or back pain that is intermittent or severe or suffered from a temporary injury or other symptoms, you will know the connection between these negative emotions and anxiety, stress, depression, mood swings, or any other negative emotion. This can lead to long-term problems, such as poor health and the inability to complete daily tasks.

Not to mention, pain can really hinder your active lifestyle. It will stop you from doing the things that you love, and make you feel good.

Pain is a subjective experience, multi-dimensional, and unique to each individual. Strangely enough, pain doesn’t just affect your emotions and make you feel depressed or anxious, but can also trigger anxiety and depression. Untreated emotional baggage can cause pain and/or emotional distress. Talk about a knot to untangle.

The good news? There are significant studies supporting massage therapy for relieving pain.

How might massage help reduce the negative effects of stress and pain management?

A 2016 systematic study and meta-analysis revealed that massage therapy can be helpful, with minimal safety issues, in treating low back and related pain. The American College of Physicians (ACP) new guidelines recommend massage, acupuncture, and other complementary therapies over "costly or potentially harmful drugs."

Also, it is important to note that massage therapy can help manage anxiety and depression. Stress and anxiety reduction are the top two reasons for patients to request massage therapy.

Massage is a sure win-win-win for everyone, no matter if it's emotional stress causing physical pain, or vice versa.

This isn't surprising. According to American Massage Therapy Association, 21% of adult Americans have had a massage. 52% of them reported it as a health-related or medical reason. 26% reported it as relaxation and stress-reducing.

Massage therapy can help you find relief from pain, discomfort, anxiety, and stress. That's what the upside is. There's no downside. The benefits of massage have been well-documented and are generally considered safe, effective, and therapeutic.

Take a look at our massage packages, which are tailored to suit your individual needs.

 

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