November 18, 2018 by Jordan Nunziato
Those who abuse substances often rely on drugs to experience pleasure; massage, in contrast, helps people experience their bodies’ natural pleasure pathways. Massage therapy can help those suffering opioid use disorders.
The opioid epidemic is the preeminent public health crisis of our time. Statistics from the Surgeon General of the United States indicate that as many as 2 million Americans are currently addicted to, or otherwise dependent, upon prescription opioids. The problems include opioid overprescribing, addiction, overdose and death. Although medical experts say opioids can be effective tools when used properly, evidence shows they are being used improperly.
Why are opioids so addictive? In essence, because they replace the body’s natural pleasure chemicals. Once the body detects a consistent flow of synthetic endorphins, it stops producing its own pleasure chemicals.
Research shows massage therapy is a realistic approach to many forms of pain that can either replace use of drugs, such as opioids, or work in conjunction with non-addictive medication for pain management.
Opioid-dependent patients who receive massage therapy may experience the following positive outcomes:
Increased Body Awareness
Opioid use is often rooted in chronic pain. The opioid user attempts to avoid pain through painkiller medications. Adept massage therapists can help patients feel what the pain is actually like in their bodies.
Effective Pain Treatment
Massage therapy can reduce pain, minimize anxiety, and improve health-related quality of life.
Manage Detox Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms can be intense— extremely painful, stressful, and uncomfortable. Massage can help by increasing the levels of natural feel-good chemicals in the brain.
Could incorporating massage therapy into the battle with the opioid crisis bring the potential to save people from suffering—save lives?
Streamline Your Massage Booking With SOAP Vault!
Given today’s technological ubiquity, and the success apps and mobile software have seen in recent years, it seems almost natural that the most unexpected industries would climb aboard and rub shoulders with the kingpins of tech-innovators.
Massage therapy is one of those industries, and SOAP Vault has mastered the tech.
It was once quite a laborious task of the brick-and-mortar business model to manage client intake forms, scheduling, financial documentation and ensure security of all files, but SOAP
Vault has solved that issue by streamlining all things pertinent to your massage practice directly through one superb piece of software.
Join thousands of Massage Therapists, Chiropractors and others who chart using SOAP Vault every day.