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Massage your PMS Away!

What is PMS?

Most women suffer from PMS at some point; whether it’s a touch of irritability, a few headaches, or full on rage and bloating, regular massage sessions are one way to combat the dreaded PMS.

New Research into PMS

A study called “Premenstrual symptoms are relieved by massage therapy,” was conducted by the Touch Research Institute some years ago, and the research was really promising for anyone who suffers from the monthly blues or just wants to make a case for a massage.

In the study, 24 women, aged 19 to 45, who suffered from a severe type of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder were randomly assigned to a massage therapy group or a relaxation group. The lucky ladies in the massage group received twice-weekly, 30-minute massage sessions for a period of five weeks, starting in their premenstrual week.

The relaxation group was given a course progressive muscle relaxation therapy instead, where for twice a week, they were told to tense and relax their major muscle groups, starting with the feet and moving up.

The treatments were then assessed using various different self-assessment scales;

• The Centre for Epidemiological Depression Scale to rate depressive symptoms
• The Menstrual Distress Questionnaire to rank premenstrual symptoms
• The State Trait Anxiety Inventory to measure anxiety
• The Profile of Mood States to rate the level of depression
• A visual analogue scale to rate perceived pain.

Less Anxious, Less Depressed and Less Pain

At the end of the study, results showed that the people who had enjoyed regular massage therapy were less anxious, less depressed, felt less pain and said they’d noticed a reduction in their PMS symptoms including pain and water retention.

It certainly beats taking medication or just putting up with your symptoms and feeling miserable, and it might have a long term beneficial effect. So, what are you waiting for?

Source: Touch Research Institute. Originally reported in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, March 2000, Vol. 21, pp. 9-15.

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