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Massage Therapy for Smoking Cessation

Published by Dr. Alden Clendenin

Smoking and Anxiety

Studies show that most smokers suffer from anxiety disorders. Smoking is a habit commonly formed by those looking for a form of stress relief. Since nicotine- the habit forming drug found in cigarettes -temporarily relieves anxiety, many individuals rely on smoking to reduce stress.

However, there are alternatives to relieving and treating anxiety. Massage therapy is one of the best methods for not just improving flexibility and healing sore muscles, but significantly reducing stress levels.

Can Massage Therapy Help With Smoking Cessation?

Quitting smoking is never easy, but with the insurmountable evidence that smoking causes a variety of significant health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, lung disease, type II diabetes, and more, many people are trying to quit.

There is evidence that suggests massage therapy can help smokers to not only quit, but to stay clean after quitting. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle after smoking and resisting the urges to go backwards is half the battle.

Anxiety and stress are a part of life. However, you do not have to let the feelings overwhelm you by doing nothing. While many people try to treat anxiety with tobacco use, massage therapy can provide longer lasting and healthier results.

A few benefits of massage therapy are listed below:

  • Reduces Stress
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Reduces Pain
  • Reduces Muscle Stiffness
  • Improves Circulation

If you are trying to stop smoking, you might consider making massage therapy a part of your journey.

Smoking Cessation Therapy – West Loop

At Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers, you will find several services that could aid you in your goal to stop smoking. Our evidence based treatments, such as yoga and deep tissue massage, may offer an approach to smoking cessation you have never tried before. Contact us today to learn more.

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