Over the past few decades, detox has become a vital part of managing withdrawal symptoms from substance use. There are numerous ways to detox from alcohol and drug use. Some forms of detox are found to be more effective and safer than others. However, the method of a massage therapy program in detox has risen since holistic forms of treatment have gained popularity.
How a Massage Therapy Program for Addiction Treatment Works
Many detox centers hope that integrating a massage therapy program throughout their detox treatment plan will help the substance user connect on a much deeper level to the issues surrounding their use. Maureen Schwehr, NMD, a naturopathic physician and craniosacral instructor believes that while conventional therapy can benefit a substance user in detox, working on the mind, body and spirit as a whole can be invaluable to them. 
Schwehr states in an article entitled, “Massage & Addiction,” “The spirit is who we really are. Our mind is our thinking brain, and our body houses this. If you’re an addict, you often have to ignore your body, because you are, in essence, hurting your ‘house.”  Once a substance user works on the mind, body and spirit collectively, true healing can begin during treatment, helping them leave their past behind.
Oftentimes, substance users have a hard time opening up about past difficulties that have caused them to use. However, the relaxed state of mind during a massage can make it easier for them to communicate or express feelings or emotions that have been masked with drugs or alcohol.
Another reason detox and a massage therapy program go hand in hand is mainly due to relaxation and tension relief it helps the patient achieve. Massages used in detox have provided a different level of treatment by helping patients lower their blood pressure and combat anxiety that is usually present as a person begins to withdrawal from substance abuse. This method of detox therapy works well for patients who also do not want any other substance or drugs given to them during their treatment period.
Despite the positive stress relief that patients can gain from a massage therapy program in detox, there are more effective ways of initially helping patients overcome the withdrawal period from substance use. Often times withdrawals can be extremely uncomfortable and painful, and can cause dizziness, vomiting or nausea, accelerated heartbeat, or other serious or even life-threatening reactions. Moreover, the safest and most effective way to detox is through an IV therapy program. Detoxing intravenously allows quick access to keep patients relaxed, calm and mainly pain-free and comfortable. While massage therapy is widely beneficial to a substance user it can not completely mask the first few days of a difficult withdrawal.
Massage Therapy and Detoxing with Gallus Detox Centers
There are many effective methods of detoxing, and with Gallus Detox Centers you are guaranteed quality care that leads to lasting sobriety. Along with our massage therapy program, we offer:
- Medical Detox Program
- Addiction Therapy Services
- Holistic Detox Treatment
- Men’s Detox Program
- Women’s Detox Program
If you or a loved one is seeking addiction help, call Gallus Detox Centers today at 888-228-9114 to learn more about a treatment right for you.