Massage therapy has been shown to have many benefits, with reduction of anxiety one such proven outcome with massage. The anxiety-reducing quality of massage has a benefit that might not be readily apparent. New research suggests that having a lower level of anxiety can reduce the risk of hip fractures in post-menopausal women.
According to a Reuters Health article recently published on Medscape.com, risk of hip fracture increases with high anxiety levels. The study compared the anxiety assessments and bone mineral density tests on 192 postmenopausal women of an average age of 68, approximately 20 years after having gone through menopause. Of the 192 women in the study, 150 of them had experienced at least one hip fracture. Those with the lowest anxiety levels had a 10-year fracture risk of about 20%. This was compared with a 25% risk among women with the highest anxiety levels.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Antonino Catalano of the University Hospital of Messina in Italy, stated that, “Higher anxiety levels were independently from other factors associated with low bone mineral density and higher fracture risk”. He suggested that the study gave doctors another method to help identify women who may be at higher risk of hip fracture.
This was not the only study of its kind. Dr. Catalano claimed that earlier research had also linked the increased risk of osteoporosis to anxiety. Anxiety levels appeared to be influenced by advanced age, age at menopause, years since menopause and depressive symptoms.
Massage therapy has repeatedly been shown to help lower levels of anxiety. Therefore, post-menopausal women who are experiencing anxiety can reduce their odds of hip fracture by receiving massage therapy to reduce their anxiety.
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