What is Massage Therapy?

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What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is more than a “spa day” favorite or celebrity pastime; when combined with traditional therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or a 12-Step program, massage therapy can effectively reduce stress and muscle pain in individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD).

A Muscle Cleanse

Both mind and body incur damage due to consistent substance abuse. Studies suggest that massage therapy can detoxify muscles, reversing the physical effects wrought by SUD. American Addiction Centers adds that “massage could possibly help in managing various symptoms associated with different types of substance withdrawal.” Physical conditions such as cystic fibrosis are also often treated with massage.

Stress Management and Stress Release

Massage therapists apply sequences of alternating light and intense pressure to the muscle and connective tissues, targeting areas of the body to release muscle tension and invite relaxation. Stress-relieving properties of massage therapy provide individuals with a calming experience achieved without the use of an addictive substance. Massage therapy can be administered manually or through the application of a machine. The two methods can be used in tandem, and both are effective approaches to massage. Once you graduate from the facility, you can explore massage therapy options in your community. Many who enjoy the practice continue massage therapy outside of rehab, integrating it into their self-care routine or reserving the experience as a reward.

In Addition to Traditional Therapy

Massage therapy unifies mind and body in a shared state of relaxation. Individual and group therapy may inspire apprehension and anxiety during early recovery, but the stress-relieving effects of massage help an individual relax during therapy sessions. Moreover, individuals seeking spirituality during recovery may enjoy the practice for its emphasis on expelling negative energy and accepting renewal. Massage therapy is also an effective treatment for comorbidities like bipolar depressive disorder or depression. When mind, body, and spirit are all liberated from stress, the body can prioritize acceptance, healing, and progress.

Massage therapy and other complementary therapy options are great ways to supplement the care you receive at Avalon. At Avalon Malibu, we want you to be an active participant in your recovery. We offer a wide variety of treatment options in an effort to provide each person with a personalized rehabilitation experience designed to meet their unique needs. To learn more about our treatment options and how our highly trained staff can help you throughout your recovery journey, call us today at (844) 857-5992.

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