The American Chiropractic Association defines chiropractic as “a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health.” Initially, chiropractic care is often sought out due to localized pain and the desire for quick relief. The practice itself relies not on treating the pain symptom, but rather on treating the underlying issues which are causing the discomfort. Most people don’t know that massage therapy can offer similar results and even assist with chiropractic care.
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. Here are just some of the reasons that a patient may benefit from the use of both chiropractic care and massage:
Patients who receive both therapies will often experience a faster and more complete recovery as a result of the less isolated treatment. The spine, soft tissue, and all supporting structures rely on each other to function properly, and often, all suffer as a result of injury. Using both chiropractic care and massage allows them all to be addressed and treated appropriately.
Massage allows for relaxation of muscle tension. When the body is more relaxed, chiropractic adjustments may be performed more easily and successfully.
Better Range of Motion
The goal of chiropractic care is generally to provide increased comfort and mobility. In addition to pain, many chiropractic patients also 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.
Massage techniques are often found to enhance blood flow through congested areas and relieve lactic acid, while chiropractic also helps by relieving pressure on nerves due to subluxations.
Not only does massage and chiropractic care help with the above but it also improves posture and manages the pain caused by conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. For a great number of patients, their particular problem cannot only be treated by chiropractic care, but it can also benefit greatly from the addition of massage therapy.