Combining Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Care: How It Helps
When your neck and shoulders ache after a long day at your desk, the idea of getting a massage probably sounds heavenly. Or, if you’re an athlete, think about how marvelous a massage would be to soothe your hard-worked muscles after a tough workout. Sure, massages feel great. But, on top of just feeling great, massages can be great for a wide range of different needs and can actually help your body heal and grow stronger. And, while massage therapy can provide some great benefits on its own, combining it with chiropractic treatments can be even more beneficial for your body as a whole. Here are a few important tidbits you may not know about why massage therapy and chiropractic care were made to go together:
Massage therapy offers a wealth of benefits for the muscle groups throughout your body. When your muscles are cared for, it can alleviate aches and pains in the muscles themselves, but it can also provide additional help you might not realize. First, massage therapy on its own works to loosen tight muscles, which can provide immediate pain relief for things like stiff shoulders or back pain. Second to this, relaxing and loosening tight muscles also helps to improve range of motion for your joints and reduces the strain those tight muscles put on ligaments and tendons. Ultimately, massage therapy can not only ease muscle pain, it can help prevent future injury.
Chiropractic techniques are a great compliment to massage because they also focus on whole-body wellbeing. Where massage focuses more on your body’s muscles and how they work together, chiropractic focuses on the spine and nervous system (and your joints, by extension). Each chiropractic adjustment is focused on checking spine and joint alignment specifically because pain or sensations of wrongness may occur in parts of your body other than the site of the issue. For example, pinching or compression of the sciatic nerve in your low back may cause lower back pain, but it can also cause pain in your thighs, calves, or feet because the sciatic nerve travels from your low back to the toes. Since chiropractors know how interconnected your skeletal and nervous systems are, they are in a good position to get to the root cause of your pain and target healing techniques to the root of the injury rather than the location of the pain.
Bringing The Two Together
As you can probably see from the descriptions of the two different disciplines, both massage and chiropractic techniques provide complementary benefits for your body. Because the treatments are so complementary, patients who receive both treatments concurrently can experience faster healing and longer lasting results. For example, massage can release a lot of muscle tension and improve mobility, which can, in turn, make a chiropractic adjustment go more easily and successfully. Massage therapy can also provide pain relief and improve blood flow to the areas that need it. In return, chiropractic techniques can bring misaligned joints back to alignment, which puts less strain on the connective tissues supporting that joint. Chiropractors can also take x-rays and MRIs or order other testing to get a better idea of what is going on with your body. If you have recurring pain issues, even including recurring headaches, a massage can help alleviate the pain temporarily and chiropractic care can realign your spine or other joints to help bring more lasting healing.
While massage therapy and chiropractic care go well together, it’s always a good idea to be upfront with any treating professionals. While you’re discussing any pain or tight muscles, that’s also a good time to let your licensed massage therapist know what the focus of your chiropractic alignments have been. Likewise, when you go in for chiropractic treatment, discuss all treatments you’ve been receiving so your chiropractor has a thorough understanding of what’s being done to help your body heal, not just what feels uncomfortable or is in pain.
At Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, we firmly believe in the power of these collaborative treatment options to help your body heal naturally. That’s why we have both chiropractors and massage therapists on the same team. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your consultation.