Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Massage Therapy For HIV/AIDS


Massage therapy provides HIV patients with support and relief in dealing with their illness. There are great benefits for HIV and AIDS patients to receive massage therapy from trained therapeutic bodywork and massage professionals. The reason massage therapy works for these patients has to do with the immune systems function. 

Massage can help to reduce stress and anxiety and decrease the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. It can help to increase white blood cell counts and help to activate natural killer cells. Specifically for patients with HIV/AIDS symptoms it can help to decrease pain by providing relief from cramping, body tension, muscle spasms, and inflammation. Massage therapy in general also increases blood flow, which naturally assists in removing toxins as it increases oxygen to the affected areas.

A HIV massage therapy program may include the use of various massage modalities. Massage can help in relieving respiratory congestion by aiding in the removal of excess phlegm. It can help the liver in toxin removal by increasing the blood and lymph flow and encouraging the regeneration of blood cells. Muscular atrophy is often caused by HIV due to lack of activity and immobilization. Massage therapy can help with this by increasing the blood and lymph flow. 

Benefits of bodywork and massage on HIV/AIDS patients include:

Reducing anxiety and stress
Increasing white blood cell counts
Decreasing levels of the stress hormone, cortisol
Activating natural killer cells
Reducing pain by relieving:
Muscle spasm
General body tension

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