Updated: How massage therapy can help with anxiety

Who has not felt anxious at one point in their life? We all have! Anxiety could have filled your body right before a job interview or right before taking an exam.

Feeling anxious once in a while is normal, but when you feel it all the time, then it becomes a problem.

If you’re dealing with anxiety, you’re not alone. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states there are 40 million adults who live with anxiety. In the United States, it has become the most common mental illness.

Anxiety can be managed with counseling, exercise and even a massage for anxiety

What is anxiety? 

Anxiety is an emotion that causes a person to feel tense and suddenly get over worried! An individual’s blood pressure tends to increase. 

Feeling anxious is a normal thing for humans. Anxiety helped us survive back in time. It helped us stay alert and it kicked on our survival skills. 

Signs you have anxiety 

Anxiety can show up in many ways, causing symptoms to be different for everyone. A person with a general anxiety disorder (GAD) will experience the following:  

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

  • Having an uncontrollable worried feeling

  • Having difficulty staying concentrated

  • Feeling like irritability is increasing

What causes anxiety?

Many factors can cause a person to feel increased anxiety. The causes behind anxiety are wide ranging:

  • Environmental factors

  • Genetics

  • Medical factors

  • Brain chemistry

  • Withdrawal from a substance

How a massage for anxiety can help

The good thing about anxiety is that it’s manageable. Even though this illness is treatable, only one-third of people with an anxiety disorder get help to treat it. Here are some reasons why a massage for anxiety can help you manage your anxiety.

Reduce the feelings of stress and overwhelmed 

There are a lot of things that can trigger your anxiety. If you’re having a stressful week, that could bring it up. Or, a personal problem can also trigger you to feel anxious.

A massage can help you reduce these feelings. It can help reduce that muscle tension and help you feel more comfortable. Massage therapy is a natural way to relieve stress, pain and improve sleep

In a study of two groups of people, researchers found that massage therapy helps see a decrease of anxiety. One group got a Swedish massage, and the other received touch therapy. Each group got a 45-minute session of each treatment. Researchers concluded that the Swedish massage was more effective at reducing anxiety in the participants

Decrease your fight and flight response

It helps control the fight or flight response that is overactive in people who have an anxiety disorder. Massage therapy helps decrease that reaction from taking over the person’s emotion. You’ll start to feel less at danger and more relaxed.

Don’t let anxiety take over your life. Get a massage for anxiety from Wisniewski Chiropractic! Adding it to your weekly routine can help you control that anxiousness. Make your appointment today!


We’re Wisniewski Chiropractic, part of the Thrive Wellness network. Nearing our third year in our current location, we’re excited to continue bringing you personalized care and support for your wellness journey. Dr. Wisniewski is an expert in chiropractic care. We believe in healthcare that relies less on medication and more on prevention through the use of proper diet, exercise and patient education. Our chiropractic services follow a three-part plan: relieve your pain first, address the root cause, and make a plan for your future wellness.