How Physiotherapy Treatments Can Help You Lose Weight

Physiotherapy treatment, or massage therapy, can help you lose weight. That may seem a suspicious declaration, but you actually can lose a little weight, or improve your weight loss efforts, through these treatments. Here is how.

​Physiotherapy Reduces Stress and Cortisol Levels

​It is a proven fact that massage reduces stress. The skin to skin touch of hands to body increases oxytocin, a natural chemical in the body that reduces pain and the feeling of being stressed. Additionally, cortisol, a hormone in the body that is made in the adrenal glands and becomes elevated during times of stress, drops drastically during massage/physiotherapy sessions. Since cortisol is key in whether or not you retain fat, reducing stress and the production of cortisol reduces your body's reaction to stress so it stops holding onto fat reserves that would ordinarily be burned up in a "fight or flight" response.

​When You Are Calm, You Eat Less Too

Many people eat larger quantities of food when they are stressed. They may not even realize that they are doing it, but they are. When you eat more in response to stress, you gain weight because your body stores the extra calories as fat. When you are calm, you eat less and store less energy from food as fat. If more people could find ways to self-soothe that did not involve eating, then more people would weigh less than they do. Massage/physiotherapy puts you into that calm state where you do not want to eat so much to self-soothe. 

​Massage/Physiotherapy Helps Eliminate Toxins and Released Fat from the Body

When your body is massaged through a physiotherapy treatment, the lymph nodes are activated. They begin to rid the body of toxins released from the tissues during your session. When fat is released, it can be grabbed by the lymph system and flushed from the body. If you are actively trying to lose weight, then these treatments can speed up the process of the lymph system so that the released fat is flushed and does not move back into fat cells to be stored again. Your massage therapist or physiotherapist will advise you to drink plenty of water after each session. Water aids the lymph system with flushing the toxins and fat. Continued treatments are key to your success.

To learn more about how physiotherapy treatment can help you with weight loss, contact a local clinic that offers physiotherapy services.