Massage therapy is a useful tool for people living with HIV. Not only does it promote toxin removal, massage therapy can be used to manage chronic symptoms. UNM Truman Health Services provides access to massage therapists who are skilled and experienced in providing massage therapy sensitive to the unique needs of HIV-positive individuals.
Physical Benefits of Massage Therapy
HIV is a chronic condition that affects the immune system. When used as a complementary therapy, massage therapy provides a number of benefits that can aid immune system function, including:
- Decreased stress
- Reducing anxiety
- Decreased body tension
- Promoting blood cell production
Massage therapy also provides relief from chronic pain by reducing muscle spasms, cramps, and inflammation. Because massage increases blood flow, there is an improved delivery of oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the body.
Emotional Benefits of Massage Therapy
HIV can increase feelings of emotional isolation and depression. Massage therapy helps HIV-positive individuals to feel more connected to others through human touch. Many massage therapists develop long standing relationships with their clients, based in trust and compassion.
Our Massage Therapy Services
At UNM Truman Health Services, massage therapy is one of our complementary therapies designed to enhance the effectiveness of medical intervention and improve your quality of life. Our massage therapists are licensed to perform a full range of massage modalities and are experienced with providing relief to HIV-positive individuals.
Contact a Massage Therapist in Albuquerque
At UNM Truman Health Services, we coordinate your HIV care to be comfortable, convenient, and affordable. Every facet of HIV care is available regardless of an ability to pay, including complementary services like massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. Contact us today to coordinate your care!