Benefits Of Combining Chiropractic Care With Massage Therapy
Did you know chiropractic care and massage therapy can work together to relieve pain, restore mobility and increase overall health?
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care was founded in the 1890s. Although considered an alternative or “holistic” treatment for a very long time, it has recently gained more legitimacy and acceptance among the health industry, especially as a viable alternative to drug prescriptions or surgery.
Chiropractic care focuses on restoring function of the spine and other joints of the body and optimizing their connection with the central nervous system. According to Steven G. Yeomans, DC, “chiropractic treatment can restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue, and consequently improve the health of the individual.”
Chiropractic care can treat:
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Car accident injuries
- Arthritis pain
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy has been around for a very long time. In fact, references to massage have been seen in ancient writings of countries such as China and India. Types of massage therapy can vary depending on one’s needs. A general massage consists of muscle and soft tissue work. A deep tissue massage focuses more on releasing muscle tension while trigger point therapy focuses on massaging trigger points which are the painful areas of the body when pressed and cause pain somewhere else in the body.
Massage therapy can improve blood flow and circulation has been associated with helping with the following:
- Cancer, especially breast cancer
- Mental health
- Immune function
- Infant Care
- Post-op surgery
Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy Combination Treatment
Massage therapy lossens and relaxes soft tissues by manipulating muscles, tendons and ligaments. It also increases relaxation, decreases stress, and reduces anxiety. These are ways massage therapy can help prepare muscles for chiropractic treatment by making the adjustment of bone structures and tight muscles easier and making the body less tense. Despite the reasons why massage therapy can be quite effective before chiropractic treatment. Getting it after can also be effective.
The best benefits of the combining chiropractic care with massage therapy are the following:
- Promote faster healing
- Improve range of motion
- Longer lasting effects of treatment
- Improve overall function