During a massage therapy program, professional massage therapists rub and push on muscles and soft tissues using a variety of techniques. The therapist may use anything from light touches to deep pressure.
Types of Therapeutic Massage
There are several types of therapeutic massages for substance abuse treatment. Each addresses different needs and provides a variety of health benefits. Here are just a few examples:
- Swedish massage is the most common type of massage. It includes kneading, rolling, and long, sweeping strokes. This type of massage improves relaxation and helps release tension.
- Deep tissue massage targets deeper layers of muscle and tissue, increasing the flow of blood to relieve tension and pain.
- Trigger point massage aims to relieve a specific source of the pain through alternating pressure and release. Regular trigger point massages can help patients manage stress and pain from chronic injuries.
- Chair massage is an option for relieving tension in the neck and shoulders. It’s a good choice for stress relief when you don’t have time for a full body massage.
What to Expect During a Massage Therapy Program
For most types of massage, the patient will lie on a table wearing loose-fitting clothing or covered with a sheet. The massage therapist in your individual therapy program will create a relaxing environment and may use lotion or oils to reduce friction. A massage can last for a few minutes or up to an hour.
Benefits of Massage
Massage can help to relieve pain and be used as stress management therapy. For people in treatment for addiction or other mental health disorders, the comfort and relaxation provided by massage can encourage them to complete the full course of treatment, which reduces the risk of relapse.
Also, after several visits, massage may lower blood pressure, relieve headaches, and improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Many people enjoy the short-term benefit of massage, which is to feel comforted and connected.
If you’re ready to experience the benefits of a massage therapy program, call us today at 844.875.5609 to get started.