Fitness

Music Equals Massage for Relief from Anxiety

It's easy, inexpensive, and doesn't require another pair of hands. Listening to music, it turns out, is just as good as massage for relieving anxiety. HealthDay reports on research conducted by the Group Health Research Institute that revealed that that massages didn't reduce anxiety anymore than lying down and
listening to enjoyable music. Researchers there randomly assigned 68 patients with anxiety to one of three
treatments. Some received 10 one-hour massages as music played, while
others breathed deeply while lying down and listening to music. Patients
in a third group had their arms and legs wrapped with heating pads and
warm towels as they listened to music. HealthDay reports that the groups didn't show any difference in their level of relief after
three months.

Read more in HealthDay.

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