Addiction can drain you of your mental and physical health. It can take its toll on your body in ways you never thought possible. Northern Illinois Recovery Center offers a massage therapy program that restores your body, promotes relaxation, and helps you overcome your cravings.
We integrate massage therapy into our recreation therapy program in Northern IL. While not a primary form of treatment, it is an effective supplemental treatment that can help you reduce stress, work out your muscles and joints, and start your path to feeling better. Massage therapy for addiction produces positive results in areas that traditional therapy may not address.
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The Benefits of Massage Therapy in Treating Addiction
Massage therapy includes more than a basic massage. Your therapist understands the damage that addiction can do to your body. Therefore, they specialize their massage therapy based on your particular addiction, body condition, and psychological needs. Your therapist may engage in an array of techniques such as deep tissue, myofascial, Swedish, or even a cranial sacral massage.
There are numerous benefits of massage therapy, such as:
- A session with a massage therapist can reduce stress
- It can help you get some much-needed sleep
- You may feel relief from withdrawal symptoms during detox
- You will finally learn how to relax…really relax
A massage therapist offers a deep-tissue massage that provides stimulations for your muscles, skin, joints, and your central nervous system. Massage also helps your brain release dopamine in a much healthier way than drugs or alcohol.
How Does Massage Therapy Work in Rehab?
At Northern Illinois Recovery Center, we utilize our massage therapy program in Northern IL as a means for enhancing your recovery experience. Learning to relax and not be governed by anxiety is an important component in your sense of well-being. When you feel better mentally and physically, you have the resilience to say no to addiction once and for all.
Learning about relaxation and releasing anxiety in during your therapy session or group session is important. However, experiencing it through massage therapy provides a new level of insight through stimulation. Massage therapy can also improve your circulation; thus, accelerating detoxification in your body.
Last, massage therapy may be the one type of initial treatment that gets you through detox. As your body cleans out the toxins and adjusts to functioning with drugs or alcohol, you may go through some intense withdrawal symptoms. Massage therapy can provide some comfort and relief if you experience muscle tension or pain or other types of discomfort. It can also help you deal with the cravings by relaxing your mind and body.
Holistic Treatment at Northern Illinois Recovery Center
Massage therapy is a small part of an extensive holistic treatment plan. Holistic treatment may include alternative therapies such as:
- Mindfulness meditation
- Chiropractic care
- Recreational therapy program activities
- Nutrition plan
- Music or art therapy
- Physical fitness or yoga
Holistic therapy teaches you how to re-engage with life in a way that heals your mind, body, and soul. You explore your inner self to discover what is going inside you. Holistic therapy gives you the tools to manage and mental disorders you may be facing so that you can deal with life’s challenges in a more constructive manner.
Sign Up for a Massage Therapy Program Today
If your addiction has worn you down and created anxiety in your life, then the time is now to overcome your addiction and start feeling better. Northern Illinois Recovery Center can help through our massage therapy program. To find out more about your treatment options, call us at 855.786.1978. We are here to help you get on the road to recovery.
Licensed Physician and Surgeon
Dr. Beth Dunlap, a board-certified addiction medicine and family medicine physician, and is the medical director at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. She is responsible for overseeing all the integrated medical services at both campuses. Beth completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at Northwestern University, where she continues to serve on the faculty as a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has extensive experience in addiction medicine at all levels of care, and her clinical interests include integrated primary care and addiction medicine, harm reduction, and medication-assisted treatment.