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Massage can help people begin healing the physical and emotional wounds of addiction and other mental health issues. A specially trained massage therapist uses techniques to address physical concerns like tightness, aches and pains. They may also use massage to help with agitation, insomnia and emotional distress.

Benefits of Massage for Recovery

Eases drug withdrawal symptomsStudies suggest that massage increases dopamine and serotonin and decreases the stress hormone cortisol, all of which aids in addiction recovery and treatment for other behavioral health issues. This can be particularly useful in the early stages of withdrawal from some drugs, when dopamine can drop significantly. Massage can ease discomfort and mood swings during this time, helping clients to move forward with the next stage of treatment.

Helps with physical and emotional discomfort – During recovery from substance abuse and other issues, clients may experience physiological and emotional issues that include anxiety, agitation, physical and psychological pain, and sleep problems. Massage can help alleviate these issues, working in conjunction with traditional addiction and mental health treatments and other forms of experiential therapy.

Alleviates stress – During a massage, people’s bodies release fewer stress hormones. This is useful because stress hormones weaken the body’s immune system and can lead to an increase in pain.

Improves sleep – Clients receiving regular massages report that they sleep better. Massage helps with overall relaxation of the body and helps clients feel more connected with and in control of their bodies.

Builds trust – Some people in recovery may tense at the thought of someone else touching them, but with massage, the body can be relaxed and receptive, without the fear that they’re going to be hurt by another person. Massage brings recovery work to a new dimension, helping connect the body to the emotions.

Develops healthy coping skills – Many of our clients are learning healthy, self-soothing techniques after using substances as their coping mechanisms. Until they come to us, they have forgotten, or never knew, that there are other things they can do to help themselves relax and feel good. Massage is a healthy practice they can continue after they leave treatment.

To learn more about Massage, call 844-876-5568

Posted on June 28, 2017 and modified on April 27, 2019

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