Perineal and anal massage have long been seen as the best way to treat anorexia.
But they can also cause problems in other ways, too, including irritation of the uterus and cervix.
And research suggests that these techniques can also be a trigger for other conditions, including pelvic inflammatory disease.
But how to handle them after an orgasm can also help with depression, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Researchers at the University of Chicago and other institutions surveyed more than 1,000 women who had a sexual dysfunction diagnosis and followed them through treatment.
The women were divided into two groups.
One group received massage therapy for a week, while the other group got a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or a placebo.
The massage therapy group included massage therapist, a personal care professional, and a nurse.
After the massage therapy session, participants also completed a depression and anxiety scale.
The researchers also measured how much of the participants’ depression and their anxiety symptoms improved after massage therapy.
In all, the massage group reported fewer depressive symptoms after massage, compared with the nonsteroid group.
The authors note that massage may help some women with depression who might have not previously tried it.
“Our results suggest that massage therapy may be beneficial for patients with depression that are not responding to other forms of psychotherapy,” they write.
The study also found that women who received massage and those who received the NSAID also had lower levels of cortisol, a hormone that may increase risk for depression.
“We also found a significant difference between massage therapy and placebo in women who experienced mild anxiety,” said Dr. Mary Ann Daugherty, the lead author and an associate professor of psychiatry at the Chicago VA Medical Center.
“This is the first study to look at the relationship between stress and cortisol, and we found a positive relationship between cortisol and depression.”
The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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