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Looking at Massage Therapy as an alternative to Opioids?

The term ”alternative therapy” generally is used to describe any medical treatment or intervention that is used in place of conventional medicine. When alternative therapies are used in conjunction with conventional medicine, it is called complementary medicine. Alternative therapy encompasses a variety of disciplines, including acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatment, yoga, homeopathy, biofeedback, aromotherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, massage and many others.

When every muscle in the body hurts, it can be hard to unwind.

Even the smallest movements are excruciating, enough to make someone drop to their knees under the heaviness of their pain.


Mental illness and addiction issues guide many people to opioids in an effort to find relief. When pain becomes too much to bear, many people turn to drugs. Such as, Heroin, OxyContin, Vicodin, and Fentanyl.

Numerous studies have indicated the effects of massage therapy in reducing anxiety and depression. Massage has shown to increase neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety. Reducing the psychological and physiological anxiety levels in patients having cataract surgery.

In 2016, more than 64,000 Americans died of overdose deaths.

Massage is being increasingly used by people suffering from pain, mostly to manage chronic back and neck problems. Massage can reduce stress and relieve tension by enhancing blood flow. This treatment also can reduce the presence of substances that may generate and sustain pain. Available data suggest that massage therapy, holds considerable promise for managing back pain.

There are many myths, misunderstandings and unnecessary fears about pain. Most people, including many health professionals, do not have a modern understanding of pain. This is disappointing because we know that understanding pain helps you to deal with it effectively.

There are many different types of pain.

As a licensed Massage Therapist, in my opinion, should never tell their clients to disregard their doctor’s prescriptions. Massage Therapy efforts may certainly aid in pain and related relief we are careful we’re not implying massage is to be seen as a replacement for medication. Towards researching alternatives to opioids, massage therapy is at the top of the list of therapies being investigated.


In Peace & Health,


Jessica C. Dagnello