Does Massage Therapy Enhance Chiropractic Treatment?

If you’ve been suffering chronic pain or soreness in your back, or any other area of your body, getting relief is a top priority. Obviously, there are ways to get temporary relief — painkillers are the best example. All you have to do is take some medication (whether over-the-counter or prescribed) and the pain goes away — or is at least reduced — for a short period of time. The danger, of course, is that you’ll come to rely on this method of relieving your pain. And as well all know, painkillers are not without side effects. Prescription medicines in particular can be habit-forming, and can lead to all kinds of physical and psychological complications.

One of the reasons chiropractic treatment is such an exciting and desirable alternative to things like pain medicine or invasive surgery is that 1) it treats the body naturally, 2) it is not invasive, and 3) it does not produce undesirable side effects. Millions of Americans, and people throughout the world, have successfully treated their chronic pain with the help of a professional and highly qualified Doctor of chiropractic. Ask the medical literature continues to explore ways in which chiropractic can relieve many different conditions, particularly imbalances in the spine, more and more people are beginning to consider chiropractics for themselves.

As you begin to research chiropractors in your area, you may find that some of them also offer supplemental treatments such as massage therapy and nutritional guidance. Massage therapy in particular is interesting to people because they typically view massage as something you do to simply relax. Relaxation is good, but it’s also worth noting that massage therapy can be an effective part of a treatment plan for chronic pain.

What often happens is that an injury, poor posture, or other determining factor leads to spinal imbalances. This triggers a chain reaction of problems involving the muscles and ligaments. This is a common phenomenon seen every day and chiropractic offices. A qualified doctor chiropractic will meticulously assess the situation before making delicate spinal adjustments, also known as subluxations, in order to correct those underlying imbalances and restore proper function to the spine and the body as a whole.

Massage therapy can be a very powerful tool used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment because it loosens and relaxes the muscles and ligaments themselves, improves circulation, and is useful in eliminating toxins from the body.

But keep in mind that receiving a massage simply to unwind and relax is not the same as receiving a therapeutic massage in conjunction with chiropractic treatment. The main goal of your chiropractic practitioner will be to address underlying problems and restore health, often to specific areas of the body. A lot of people think that chiropractors only work on the back, but this isn’t true. The spine is definitely a key area from a chiropractic (and indeed from a physiological) perspective, but the reality is that chiropractors regularly treat joints and ligaments throughout the body. Receiving therapeutic massage in conjunction with these treatments can bring lasting and meaningful relief from chronic pain.