From Massage and Music to Hypnosis and Biofeedback: 11 Mind-Body Ways to Ease Pain and Depression

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Stacey Colino on Mar 9, 2012 at 3:13PM

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From Massage and Music to Hypnosis and Biofeedback: 11 Mind-Body Ways to Ease Pain and Depression

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Massage Away Emotional and Physical Pain

Getting rubbed the right way can soothe physical and emotional pain. In fact, a new study from Thailand suggests that traditional Thai massage can decrease pain intensity, muscle tension and anxiety among people with shoulder pain. Meanwhile, research from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami in Florida found that when adults with hand pain had four weeks of massage therapy, they reported a lot less pain, anxiety and depression. Another study at the Touch Research Institute found that when pregnant women who were depressed received massages from their partners twice a week, they had much less leg and back pain and fewer symptoms of depression during the second half of their pregnancies. So get your partner involved!

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