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Massage & Bodywork for Addiction

Holistic healing practices promote overall physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. These healing practices seek to unite the 3 essences that permeate the human experience, and through their healing offer wholeness. A person who is physically well but not emotionally well cannot experience the balance necessary in order to overcome their addiction. The same goes for someone who is emotionally well but not physically or spiritually well or any other combination of the three. Total healing must occur in order for recovery to take shape and without this total healing, sobriety can be precarious at best.

The old adage, “your body is your temple” may sound corny but its truths are profound and express themselves in the holistic healing approach to addiction treatment. In order for the addict or alcoholic to recover, they must restore balance to their temple, metaphorically making sure that the foundation is secure, that the walls and roof are sturdy, and the space within is without clutter. This is not always an easy task, especially when taking into account the damage that many alcoholics and addicts did to their mind, body, and spirit while using, but if our approach to addiction treatment has shown anything it is that anyone, regardless of how far down the scale they have gone, can recover.

" Bodywork is a therapeutic intervention involving techniques such as manipulative or manual therapy, breathing work, and energy medicines. "

At Holistic Recovery Centers, we focus on the complete healing of the body, mind, and soul through teaching individuals how to establish a strong health and wellness program. Some of the therapies that we offer are massage and bodywork. Bodywork is a therapeutic intervention involving techniques such as manipulative or manual therapy, breathing work, and energy medicines. Whereas bodywork may or may not involve touch, massage therapy focuses on the manual manipulation of soft body tissues in order to relieve stress and promote overall wellness. On top of these two holistic services, we also offer chiropractic care and acupuncture as a way to round our comprehensive wellness program and enhance general health and wellbeing.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy encourages the healing of the individual by promoting the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid, relieving soft tissue tension, and stimulating nerves through the stretching and loosening of muscles. This is done through the implementation of hand techniques, such as kneading, gliding, percussion, friction, vibration, compression, and stroking, or rhythmic movements. Massage therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective therapeutic interventions for a person in a substance abuse treatment, as it decreases stress, increasing the individual’s ability to relax, and heightens awareness of long-term sustained recovery by reducing cravings, curbing depression, and decreasing pain.

It is no secret that being in treatment can be an extremely stressful and trying experience. You are in a brand new environment, with people that you do not know that well, experiencing any number of the side effects attributed to stopping substance abuse. This can lead to emotional turmoil resulting in outbursts and breakdowns, but through massage and bodywork intervention much of the emotional turmoil associated with this time can be alleviated. Taking just 15 to 30 minutes out the day to relax and get a massage can do wonders for the psyche and give the many times overworked mind, a much-needed break.

Utilizing Acupuncture & Chiropractic Care in Addiction Treatment

Acupuncture is an ancient oriental healing technique that is based on the Taoist philosophy of balancing energy meridians within the body. Acupuncture assists the individual living with alcohol or drug addiction by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system, which in return helps to manage withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings. This is great news to many who are thinking about getting sober because one of the major fears that many people have is contending with their withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from mildly to severely uncomfortable and any and all relief is welcomed. Acupuncture has also been shown to provide relief to anxiety and depression, which is partly why it is experiencing a rapid increase in popularity as an ancillary therapy in treating addiction.

Acupuncture uses fine needles, which are painlessly inserted at key points, corresponding to bodily organs in order to relieve pain and cure dysfunction. Considerable evidence supports that acupuncture is effective in alleviating many physical and emotional stressors, resulting in feelings of relaxation and improved sleep patterns.

Chiropractic care is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments in order to correct misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system. It is a noninvasive technique that stimulates the cranial nerve and focuses on the level of spinal subluxation, a vertebra that is out of alignment, which has the potential to interfere with communication between the spinal cord and brain. Through this aligning of the spinal cord and its nerves, chiropractic care produces “feel good” neurotransmitters that are released naturally into the brain, evoking a sense of calm and wellbeing. Research has shown that the disease of addiction has a genetic component that results in a deficiency of well-being neurotransmitters being released into the brain. This deficiency results in increased clinical levels of anxiety and depression and physical cravings for mood-altering substances. The protocols used in chiropractic care facilitate the increased production of these well-being neurotransmitters, resulting in significant decreases in anxiety and depression levels, and the elimination of physical cravings. Research has demonstrated the stimulus of the chiropractic thrust results in an immediately increased production of well-being neurotransmitters. Research also shows that providing chiropractic care over a period of three to four weeks corrects the level of well-being neurotransmitters and the underlying causes of pain, which have been shown to contribute to substance abuse.


Nutrition & Conditioning

At Holistic Recovery Centers, we offer a certified fitness coach as an innovative alternative to traditional weight training. Our certified fitness coaches make use of the “Bodylastics” exercise system, which relies on elastic tube resistance that is much more gentle on the joints and employs an “anti-snap” technology for individual safety. This unique system allows individuals to increase flexibility, lose body fat, and gain muscle. With over 140 exercises, Bodylastics is designed for all fitness levels and intended to work all muscle groups.

Research has proven that eating healthy and having a healthy body is essential for helping the individual live a productive, sober lifestyle. There is a myth that people in recovery should allow themselves to indulge in all of the sweets, fats and junk food that they want. These unhealthy eating habits actually hinder the individual’s path to recovery. Individuals who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction are less likely to eat healthy due to the psychological impacts that drug and alcohol abuse have on a person.

Some drugs cause the individual to not eat enough of their daily allowance, while those who abuse alcohol often derive as much as fifty percent of their daily caloric intake from the alcohol itself. Mounting evidence supports nutritional therapy as a being significantly helpful to those recovering from addiction. Proper nutrition results in giving the body energy, building and repairing organ tissue, and strengthening the immune system. Research further suggests the inclusion of nutritional education in substance abuse treatment programs increases the individual’s success in achieving long-term sobriety, as good nutrition provides the nutritional building blocks needed to restore these damaged tissues.

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Start Your Road to Recovery the Right Way with Holistic Recovery Centers

If you or someone you love suffers from alcohol or drug addiction and would like to learn more about our holistic recovery programs, call Holistic Recovery Centers today at 1-877-723-7117. Our caring recovery specialists can give you a free consultation over the phone in order to match you to the program that best fits your needs. A new life of health, sobriety, and fulfillment is only a phone call away.



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