You may already know that chiropractics deals with disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and the effects of these on the body’s general health. While chiropractic care is often sought for pain relief, it actually addresses the underlying issue creating the discomfort.
Some chiropractors will recommend massage therapy in addition to chiropractic treatment. They’ll tell you that chiropractic care works on the hard tissue such as the spine and other joints, while massage works on the soft tissue (including muscles, tendons, and ligaments) in order to reduce muscle tension and pain. They’ll tell you that targeting both hard and soft tissue together leads to a quicker and more complete recovery.
Are they right? The simple medical answer is yes; chiropractics and massage therapy go well together in many cases.
Here are several reasons why massage therapy, when done by qualified professionals in tandem with chiropractics, can produce quicker and more effective results.
Patients who receive both therapies simultaneously often have faster recovery times and more complete recoveries. The spine is surrounded by and connected to soft tissue like muscles and tendons; these control the movement and flexibility of the spine. If they are weak, tight, or overstretched, they can both cause and exacerbate structural problems. The spine, soft tissue, and supporting structures depend on each other to function properly and when you are injured, they all tend to suffer. Getting chiropractic and massage care means all of these structures are addressed together.
If you have particularly tight muscles, massage done before a chiropractic adjustment can relieve the muscle tension that may be pulling on joints, making adjustments more successful. If the tight muscle is close to the joints, it could interfere with the adjustment. Muscle tightness or spasms can also, in rare cases, cause pain during your chiropractic treatment. In addition, structural problems can aggravate muscles. Massage stretches and relieves these muscles. You can then stretch and exercise more freely, which, in turn, expedites the healing process.
Getting a massage after your adjustment is also beneficial. After your joints are moved back into position, you don’t want muscle tension drawing them out of place again. A post-adjustment massage can help keep your muscles relaxed, which helps your alignment stay in place. In other words, the benefits of the adjustment will last longer.
Increases range of motion
Many people seek chiropractic care because they have limited mobility and are in pain. Like chiropractic adjustments, massage can improve flexibility and mobility in muscles and ligaments.
Massage can boost blood flow through congested areas and reduce lactic acid, while chiropractic adjustments relieve pressure on nerves caused by subluxations. This combination general leads to healthy improvements in circulation, which is crucial for optimal health.
Want a faster, more complete recovery?
It’s proven that chiropractic treatment and massage therapy complement each other well in many cases. The spine is connected to soft tissue such as muscles and tendons, and all of these influence each other. Consider seeking treatment from a qualified massage therapist either before or after your visit to a qualified chiropractor; it can enhance the effects and prolong the benefits of the adjustment. Pairing massage with chiropractic treatment can also speed up your recovery time and improve your range of motion and circulation. However, it’s important to follow the advice of your chiropractor and GP before combining massage therapy with chiropractics.
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