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Massage Therapy and Chiropractic

Complementary care for your good health

Millions of people seek chiropractic care or massage therapy to relieve or prevent pain and limited mobility. These two complementary therapies, especially in combination, form a powerful healing approach to relieve pain and increase your body's mobility and resilience. Over time, they offer a uniquely effective way to support your ongoing vitality and well-being.

Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to address soft tissue problems. Gentle kneading and stretching lengthens contracted muscles and fascia. Techniques such as sustained pressure, ice massage and stretching can release trigger points. Sprains, strains and adhesions can be addressed directly with massage techniques that stimulate healthy separation and realignment of injured fibers.

Massage also increases circulation which helps fascia and muscles begin to soften and lengthen, like a sponge absorbing water. Good circulation reduces painful swelling and inflammation, and promotes healing by removing waste products and bringing nutrients to your tissues.

In addition, massage triggers the body's relaxation response, interrupting a cycle of stress and muscle tension that can build in response to life's challenges. Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after a massage, you are less likely to slip into patterns of tension that can contribute to joint and soft tissue problems.

Because chiropractic and massage help relieve pain and improve mobility, you may sleep better and feel more energetic. You may then find it easier to stretch and exercise. This can help you maintain and even improve flexibility, strength and balance needed to prevent misalignment, tension, and injury. Massage is also a powerful tool for becoming aware of chronic tension or postural problems that affect your body mechanics. With this knowledge, you can take preventive measures on your own before pain develops.

Mutually supportive therapies

Adding massage therapy to your chiropractic care program can increase its effectiveness.

  • Recovery is faster and more complete when you address multiple components of your condition.
  • Chiropractic adjustment often proceeds more easily when circulation is improved and your body and mind are relaxed.

Adjustments hold longer with less muscle tension.

If you find that pain persists, recurs or even worsens after massage, chiropractic could help.

  • Chiropractic may give immediate relief as joints are restored to mobility.
  • Soft tissue often heals quickly once it is no longer subjected to the stress of misaligned joints.
  • Chiropractic adjustments can sometimes relax deep layers of soft tissue that can be difficult to reach with massage.
  • Your chiropractor can use x-rays and state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques to evaluate other possible causes for your pain and make appropriate referrals if necessary.

Chiropractors and massage therapists generally agree that treatments should be scheduled close together. Consult your chiropractor for his or her preferred order.

Information taken from Natural Touch Marketing