Another Way to Decrease Stress: MLD

At Sunnybrae Therapeutics, our therapists specialize in using manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage to alleviate stress. Stress reduction involves hormonal changes that leave you feeling rejuvenated, serene, and relaxed, making it especially beneficial for individuals dealing with anxiety, stress, or depression.

What is Reduced Stress?

Reduced stress can be achieved through various massage techniques, including MLD. By stimulating the release of endorphins and inhibiting stress hormone release, stress is reduced. This process involves activating the parasympathetic and autonomic nervous systems, inducing feelings of relaxation and lowering heart and breathing rates akin to sleep. Reduced stress is particularly advantageous for those experiencing high stress or anxiety levels.

Physiological Effects of Reduced Stress

MLD massage produces several physiological effects contributing to reduced stress:

  • Decreased release of cortisol: Cortisol is a stress-related hormone released during the “fight or flight” response. While cortisol is helpful in times of threat, prolonged exposure can lead to anxiety and depression. MLD massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to inhibit cortisol release.
  • Increased release of endorphins: Endorphin release promotes feelings of happiness and calmness. Serotonin and dopamine, among others, contribute to these emotions. By stimulating the autonomic nervous system, MLD massage enhances endorphin release.

When Can Stress Reduction Help?

Reducing stress levels benefits various individuals, including those:

  • Undergoing cosmetic surgery: Our therapists use MLD massage to alleviate pain following cosmetic surgery, mitigating cortisol production and inducing relaxation.
  • Experiencing pregnancy: Pregnancy-related hormonal changes can cause anxiety and stress, which MLD massage helps alleviate while addressing common symptoms like swollen ankles.
  • Dealing with cancer-related lymphedema: Individuals with cancer-related lymphedema also benefit from stress reduction. Coping with illness can lead to increased cortisol release, exacerbating stress and anxiety. MLD massage aids in decreasing cortisol release, alleviating stress in long-term conditions like cancer-related lymphedema.

MLD massage offers many benefits, including stress reduction. By stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and encouraging endorphin release, MLD massage effectively reduces stress levels.

To arrange a manual lymphatic drainage massage at Sunnybrae Therapeutics, call 902-425-7759. You can also book an appointment online HERE.