Bodywork Therapy For Addiction

Bodywork Therapy For Addiction

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While the main component of any type of addiction treatment is traditional individual and group therapy, more and more treatment facilities are also incorporating alternative treatment methods in which their patients can participate. These alternative treatments are designed to provide enjoyable activities that still promote healing and sober living.

One of these alternative treatments is bodywork and bodywork therapy. Bodywork therapy focuses on stimulating healing from within the body. This works by using the body’s natural chemicals that it produces in order to produce positive results and release its “feel-good” hormones without the use of drugs or alcohol. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of bodywork therapy for those recovering from addiction, as well as some of the different types that can be used.

What Are The Different Types of Bodywork Therapy?

Bodywork therapy is designed to be a complementary therapy, meaning that it’s done in conjunction with other types of therapy such as individual and group therapy sessions. While technically bodywork is anything that involves touching or physical manipulation, certain methods have proven more successful than others. Some of the more popular types of bodywork include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Reiki
  • Bowen Technique
  • Rolfing

Massage Therapy

There are many types of massage and massage therapy that can be used to solve different problems. For this page, though, we’re going to focus on the type of massage therapy that’s beneficial for people suffering from addiction.

A therapeutic massage is performed with the goal of helping the body function better. A massage therapist who is specifically trained in clinical and therapeutic massage uses specific techniques aimed at helping overall body performance and function. Some of these include myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy.


Reiki is a type of Japanese body therapy that is based on the belief that spiritual energy, properly channeled, can heal the physical body. While massage therapy is based solely on touching the body, reiki involves little or even no contact.

While reiki is used predominantly to address stress reduction and relaxation, it can also be used to help address a variety of different issues including:

  • Pain
  • Sleep
  • Muscle tension
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Circulation
  • Immune function

Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique is a bodywork therapy technique used by therapists to help send impulses to the brain and nervous system. These impulses can be used to alleviate pain, help relax the muscles, restore normal movement to joints and connective tissues, and increase blood flow. This type of therapy involves gentle rubbing and is similar in nature to acupuncture. In fact, several moves used in the Bowen Technique involve acupuncture meridians and acupuncture points that are believed to bring the body’s energy in balance.


Rolfing is a type of deep-tissue massage that is used to help address any alignment issues in the body. It’s based on the belief that the fascia can get stiff, which can cause it to shorten and become less elastic. When that happens, it can lead to musculoskeletal problems.

What Are Some Benefits Of Bodywork Therapy As It Relates To Addiction?

While the mind is a major focal point of addiction therapy, so is the body. After all, it’s the mind that controls the body and identifies if we are feeling good or bad. When it comes to those battling addiction, bodywork and massage therapy can be instrumental to their recovery from detox all the way through the time they leave treatment to go back home. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest benefits of bodywork therapy as it pertains to addiction.

Supports A Healthy Hormone Balance

During detox treatment and the early stages of recovery, the body tends to experience a significant drop in dopamine. This is just one of the many reasons why detox should be completed under constant medical care and supervision. One of the best ways to counter this drop in dopamine naturally is through the use of massage therapy.

Massage therapy helps increase the body’s natural production of both dopamine and serotonin in order to help not only stabilize the body but also the mind as these two hormones control a person’s mood. By increasing the amount of dopamine and serotonin the body produces, it can help minimize the uncomfortable feelings that are often associated with the detox process and the early stages of recovery.

Reduces Pain and Discomfort

One of the things that drugs and alcohol do to the body and mind is numb the pain, both physically and emotionally. It’s one of the biggest reasons people get hooked on drugs and alcohol in the first place. When someone stops ingesting these substances, they begin to feel everything again.

Massage therapy can be a great way to not only alleviate the physical pain, but it can also let the brain know that it doesn’t need drugs or alcohol in order to feel good. It can also help stimulate blood flow to those damaged muscles or tissues, allowing your body to work on healing itself naturally and not through the use of illicit substances.

Helps Encourage Relaxation

At the end of the day, when you break it down to its simplest form, a massage is a great way to relax and de-stress. Recovering from addiction can be a very stressful time. You are out of your element and things are happening and changing all around you. Massage therapy is a great way to relax and decompress. It can also help improve the function of the vagus nerve which helps reduce blood pressure and slows the heart rate.

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At Rock Recovery Center, we know that everyone is different. We also know that means that not every treatment method works for every person that comes to our facility. That’s why we are proud to offer a wide variety of both traditional and alternative treatment options, including bodywork and bodywork therapy.

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, it is important to get the help that you need immediately. Contact us today to learn more about the treatment methods that we offer.

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