What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy has gained attention from the National Institutes of Health and other respected sectors of the healthcare community as a highly effective complementary and alternative medical therapy. Massage uses touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help rehabilitate injuries including chronic conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue; improve circulation, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, relieve stress that can lead to disease and illness, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.
Massage Therapy & Chiropractic
Much like chiropractic care, massage seeks to offer healing through a hands-on, drug-free technique, providing a long-term benefit of lasting relief. When combined, the two can be especially helpful by:
Speeding Recovery - Patients who receive massage coupled with chiropractic treatment will often experience a faster and more complete recovery. The spine, soft tissue, and all supporting structures rely on one another to function properly. The combination of chiropractic care with massage allows them to all be addressed and treated appropriately.
Easier Adjustments - Massage allows for relaxation of muscle tension. When the body is more relaxed, chiropractic adjustments can be performed more easily, successfully, and comfortably.
Increasing Range of Motion - The goal of chiropractic care is generally to provide increased comfort and mobility. Many chiropractic patients suffer from reduced range of motion due to their injury. Much like spinal adjustments, massages are able to improve the flexibility and mobility of impacted areas such as muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue by lengthening the tissue fibers and reducing pain.
Improving Circulation - Massage techniques are often found to enhance blood flow through congested areas. This reduces lactic acid and swelling, while chiropractic also helps by relieving pressure on nerves due to subluxations.
In addition to these benefits, massage and chiropractic care may also work together to improve posture and manage the pain caused by conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. For many patients, their particular problem cannot be treated by chiropractic care alone but can benefit greatly when combined with massage therapy.
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