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Massage Therapy: An Effective Tool for Recovery from Addiction

For individuals trying to stop using alcohol or drugs, regular Massage Therapy can be very helpful. People struggling with stressful lives often turn to these substances in an effort to feel better. The process of learning how to live without using alcohol and/or drugs can also produce a lot of anxiety. At Bellwood, we offer massage along with several other ways to help reduce stress.  Our feedback is consistently positive that massage is helpful. Most of our clients report that they plan to continue receiving massage therapy after treatment.massage-therapy

Massage helps to decrease muscular pain. Often, this type of pain is caused by tension, especially in our neck, shoulders and back.. Alleviating pain makes us feel happier. Human touch itself has been found to improve anxiety and depression. We also usually sleep better when we are more relaxed. Better sleep helps us to be more motivated and more productive. At Bellwood, we offer a consistent schedule of classes and activities that mimic a healthy lifestyle in recovery.

Muscular tension can cause headaches. Withdrawal from alcohol, drugs and caffeine often causes headaches. Massage can help relieve headaches, also helping to improve mood. Regular massage therapy may also lead to less need for pain medication.

Lastly, massage therapy helps boost immunity against disease. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study in 2010 about massage having a positive effect on patients’ white blood cell count. This is particularly important in the addict population. Addicts tend to have weak immune systems due the physical stress of alcohol and/or drugs abuse.

An Important Update About the Omicron Variant

We are open and accepting patients. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been dedicated to keeping our patients safe as they recover from addiction or mental health disorders.

As the situation continues to evolve, as do our protocols and practices at each EHN Canada facility. And recent news of the highly-infectious Omicron Variant is no different. Please know that we continue to implement the highest standards of infection prevention in accordance with our local health authority.

If you have any questions about your or a loved one’s care and the protocols we have in place for staff, patients, and visitors, please contact us at 416-644-6345 or email at [email protected] 

Thank you and stay safe,
The Healthcare Team at EHN Canada