Massage therapy provides endless therapeutic benefits for health, fitness and mental well being. It is known to promote health and well-being and is probably the oldest healing discipline known to man. Massage helps improve the body’s circulation, increase blood and lymph flow, stimulates the nervous system and affects internal organs as well as all of the muscles. It can relieve muscle tension, strain, soreness, as well as insomnia, headaches, stress, anxiety, depression and much more.
Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are just a few of the painful conditions that affect most of us at some time. Used in combination, chiropractic and massage form a powerful approach that addresses your pain on many different levels. Whether your pain is the result of overuse, traumatic injury or stress, chiropractic and massage can greatly speed up your recovery.
Benefits of Massage
There are many ways in which massage can improve the quality of your life.
Some of these benefits include:
- general relaxation
- relief from pain (for example back / neck pain)
- reduced anxiety and depression
- reduced blood pressure
- headache relief
- improved sleep
- increased flexibility
- injury prevention
- stimulates the immune system by increasing blood flow and lymph drainage
- improved circulation
- improved muscle tone
Massage helps the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It relaxes and tones the muscles; preventing injuries, and increases circulation; improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all body cells.
How does Massage Support Chiropractic?
Adding massage therapy to your chiropractic care can benefit you in a number of different ways.
Adjustments often last longer when muscle tension is released that may otherwise pull your joints back out of alignment again.
If you are anxious or nervous about receiving a chiropractic adjustment a relaxing massage beforehand could relax you.
When soft tissue has been relaxed through massage, chiropractic treatment frequently proceeds more easily and with less discomfort.
Recovery is usually quicker and more complete if you address multiple components of your pain.
How does Chiropractic Support Massage?
If you are receiving massage for pain and find that your pain continues, recurs or even worsens after your massage, chiropractic could help.
Your pain may involve a subluxation – when your joints are pulled and held out of normal alignment – so a chiropractic adjustment may give immediate relief as your joint is restored to normal alignment and mobility.
Your chiropractor can use manual diagnostic techniques and x-rays to assess other possible causes for your pain and can make appropriate referrals is necessary.
You may find that surrounding soft tissue heals quickly once it is no longer subjected to the strain of misaligned joints.
The joint movement in chiropractic adjustments can sometimes relax deep layers of soft tissue that can be difficult to reach through massage.
Your Total Well-being is the Goal
Massage and chiropractic share the goal of total well-being, not simply the absence of illness. They can both be used as preventive as well as restorative therapies. Both massage and chiropractic work to discover and resolve the cause of your pain, rather than treat isolated symptoms. Used in combination, they can help you maintain your optimum health and live life to the fullest.