Studies have shown that medical massage therapy is a powerful tool for improving health and well-being. In years past, massage was only available in luxury spas and upscale health clubs, making it inaccessible to “regular” people, but today is being offered in a wide range of facilities, including hospitals and organizations like UNM Truman Health Services.
The Benefits of Medical Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is considered a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). When offered with conventional medical HIV treatments, studies show that massage provides relief for:
- Muscle tension
- Digestive discomfort
Additionally, massage bestows feelings of caring, comfort and connection, which cannot be understated for individuals living with the physical and emotional challenges associated with a positive HIV diagnosis.
How Massage Therapy works
Massage therapy works by relaxing muscles and stimulating circulation (blood and lymph) to flush toxins out of your tissues. Because massage often helps an individual achieve a stress-free (or at least significantly reduced-stressed) state, massage also lowers heart and respiratory rates and blood pressure and boosts the immune system.
Massage Therapy for Patients with HIV
Massage is often indicated for HIV treatment because it can stimulate immune function without medication. It can also help patients ward off other secondary conditions, such as depression. If you would like to explore the benefits of massage therapy, contact UNM Truman Health Services to coordinate care.