By Luz Dayrit, PT,DPT
It’s been more than a month since we were asked to stay home by the city of Beaumont. The world was put into halt and started staying at home due to coronavirus. For some of us, it already feels like that a month is too long to stay home. It’s only a matter of time until we complain, or worst, feel the urge to socialize. If you are one of these people, you have every right to feel what you are feeling. However, the authorities hopes us to understand that we are not only staying home for our family and ourselves, but for each one of us to do our own little contribution to “flatten the curve”. Maybe, we may ran out of things to do inside our houses. Maybe you organized all of those receipts and long awaited closet and garage organization that you have been planning. Maybe you already cleaned every nook of your room and living area, and maybe you already finished your favorite series in Netflix. Why not try “SCALP” massage? YES, a good scalp massage can help you relax and put things into perspective. According to healthcare specialists, massaging our scalp is beneficial in many ways.
Your scalp is packed with nerves and even the gentlest pressure can stimulate the nerve endings on your scalp. These network of receptors and nerve endings in your skin are the ones processing touch and sensation and sends this information to your brain. The stimulation of these nerve endings puts our nervous system in a state of relaxation which is why a good scalp massage can make you feel relaxed and “Zen-like” in a matter of minutes. In addition to this, several studies also attest to the wonders of a good scalp massage. Research consisting of a group of 24 female students, for example, tested the effects of head massage on themselves and found out that a head massage reduced their feelings of boredom and made them experienced moments of liveliness. Other studies shows that a good scalp massage can decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety levels. Researchers attributes this calming effect to increase in serotonin secretion which is a neurotransmitter and a chemical in the body responsible for mood regulation