Massage therapy is invaluable during detoxification. This is because it not only helps the body initiate and progress through detox, but it also helps alleviate many of the common symptoms. Although the body naturally processes most of the toxins that drugs introduce to the body, sometimes residual toxins stay in the muscles and tissues. This can cause withdrawal symptoms to last longer. Massage is a physical, hands-on technique that can release the toxins from tissues throughout the body and ensure total detox.
When a licensed massage therapist is doing their work, they are loosening up the muscles throughout the body. When the muscles loosen, it increases blood flow and lymph circulation. These are the avenues that help rid the body of toxins and waste and bring oxygen to your muscles. Usually, exercise and breathing are what keeps the lymphatic system moving. Unfortunately, many addictive substances such as alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines make the user drowsy and slow breathing. During detox, the individual may be so low energy that they are not motivated to move much. Massage requires little to no effort on the client’s part. The applied pressure and physical manipulation can reach deep, clogged nodes and drastically assist during these times.
Massage therapy does not just help remove toxins. In fact, it provides numerous benefits during detox and beyond. These benefits include inducing a state of relaxation, enhancing the production of serotonin (the happiness hormone), reducing stress, and creating an overall better sense of wellbeing. With the inclusion of massage, a client may experience a more efficient detox process, fewer cravings, and a better outlook on their recovery. These benefits can reduce the rates of relapse and improve success with long-term sobriety.