Recovering from any sort of addiction is a process that takes a lifetime. Ensuring a long lasting recovery almost always involves different forms of therapy and outlets. Of the many beneficial treatments offered, massage therapy is one of the popular forms of holistic medicine that help the mind as well as the body. Massage therapy is proven to improve stress and reduce pain instantly. Addiction treatment centers have been embracing the idea of incorporating massage therapy into inpatient programs mainly because of the abundant amount of information on how it can benefit a detoxing addict. Physical pain should be treated in inpatient centers just as efficiently as matters of the mind.
When first coming into recovery our bodies are filled with a variety of toxins and chemicals that are harmful to us. Many addicts begin their addiction involving chronic pain that gives them a need to find an outside source to relieve themselves. Trained massage therapists can target areas where chronic pain is an issue and the tension that may have started the problem. Before you begin your recovery, allow yourself a fair chance by detoxifying yourself from the remaining chemicals in your body.
Massage therapy can instantly boost levels of dopamine and reduce the amount of stress from a withdrawal. Addicts have a lower level of dopamine from the excess use of the chemical. Dopamine is the key to pleasure and with lower levels it is harder to become excited about positive changes in your life. Massage therapy stimulates the nerves throughout your body which tells the brain to increase the amount of natural dopamine it is supplying to the targeted areas. By focusing on the blood flow of your body, and how to manipulate the chemicals and toxins that have built up over the years of drug use, massage therapists melt pain and stress away.
Aside from stimulating the blood flow within the body, massages feel good. They reduce stress and can induce feelings of bliss that can be much needed after a long day of intense therapy groups. Stress relief is one of the main motivations when offering massage therapy at inpatient programs. A well-rested, stress free client is always more inclined to think clearly and positivity then one who isn’t. When the body is massaged properly it responds with an increased level of chemicals that can help with insomnia, improve sleep quality, as well as naturally comfort the person receiving the massage.
Combining all different forms of therapy into an inpatient program is essential because not everyone recovers the same way and having the option of trying different techniques is enormously beneficial to a successful long lasting recovery.