The Benefits of Functional Medicine & Complementary Care: Massage Therapy

The benefits of functional medicine and complementary care massage therapy

Written by Claudine Kubesh, M.D.

For over 10 years, our patients have received comprehensive and compassionate care that address their biggest health concerns. With extensive experience in functional medicine and internal medicine, Claudine Kubesh, M.D. listens to your concerns, identifies root causes, and responds proactively to improve and maintain your whole body wellness.

What if getting a soothing massage was not just a self-care splurge, but “doctor’s orders?”

For many of our patients, that’s just the case. Massage therapy can offer more than just rest and relaxation. In fact, the many health benefits of massage make it an integral part of the holistic treatment plan.

At Seattle Functional Health, we often team up with Seattle’s best massage therapist to offer our patients a well-rounded route to better health.

If you are in need of immediate massage therapy, we recommend our skilled friends at Moncure Massage.

Let’s learn more about massage and how this hands-on therapy works alongside functional medicine to help you boost your health – inside and out.

Why Use Massage with Functional Medicine?

At Seattle Functional Health, we don’t just prescribe natural supplements for healthy habits. They can also guide patients to the healing exercises, hobbies, lifestyle products, or even therapies that can help them on their healing journey. In many cases, massage can be an enjoyable and strategic balance to our functional medicine treatment program.

Massage is an age-old manual therapy technique that can be used to provide relief, relaxation, and healing for many health conditions. Ancient healing traditions, such as Greek medicine, Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda, used massage as an early therapy to treat a wide range of ailments and injuries. Even today, many cultures around the world have their own version of massage therapy.

Most of us have felt the relief and relaxation of a well-earned massage. But the benefits of regular massage therapy go deeper, especially when used along with a tailored functional medicine program. Here’s why: 

    • Massage gives the body a clean slate for healing. Whether you are just starting with functional medicine or we have been working together for a while, massage therapy gives the body a fresh start. Research shows that massage breaks up areas of tension, loosens old adhesions, flushes the circulatory and lymphatic systems, clears out the digestive system, and more – essentially giving the body a “spring clean.” From this fresh start, the body can more readily benefit from your functional medicine plan.
    • Massage and functional medicine team up to treat both symptoms and root causes.
      Functional medicine aims to treat both root and branch – that is, both relieve symptoms and their causes. Massage is a relaxing and non-invasive way to offer instant symptom relief for issues like pain, tension, and stress, while our functional medicine techniques work at a deeper level to resolve the root issues.


    • Massage offers hands-on support for some of our most common health issues.
      We can make major strides towards better health with functional medicine, dietary fixes, and lifestyle changes. But some things require the magic of healing human touch. Here are a few of the most common issues that improve greatly with the teamwork of functional medicine and massage:

Misconceptions About Massage

Today, massage is a widely-used, mainstream therapy but there are still some misconceptions about the practice. Let’s debunk these myths to fully understand the potential benefits of massage:

      • Massage is just for relaxation.
        While massage is a popular way to de-stress, studies show this therapy can offer much more than a moment of peace. When used in conjunction with a holistic system like functional medicine, massage can be used to manage and heal a wide range of health concerns.
      • Massage only involves the muscles.
        It’s no surprise that muscles take center stage in massage therapy. But other structures are also important. Massage therapists work to stimulate the skin, joints, fascia, lymph system, blood vessels, nerves, acupressure points, and even organs.
      • All massage styles are the same.
        There are many different massage styles and each one has its strengths. For instance, Swedish or shiatsu massage is great for stress relief, while deep tissue or Thai massage can help improve pain conditions. Some therapists may also specialize in massage styles like sports massage, prenatal massage, or cancer support massage, to help with certain conditions or populations.

Start Your Path to Better Health Today

Seattle Functional Health is a compassionate, comprehensive functional medicine practice that offers holistic solutions to your biggest health challenges. If you’re feeling stuck, tense, or stressed, functional medicine can help. Schedule your health consultation today to start on the healing path that’s right for you.

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