Chiropractic and massage therapy go hand in hand to help maintain positive overall health for patients and can play a part in avoiding surgery or other more invasive options down the road. Traditional massage therapies focus on soft tissue and muscles to help relieve pain and stress throughout the body. Chiropractic massage, however, focuses more on the nervous system, spine, and bones. By combining both soft and hard tissue techniques, chiropractic massage therapy brings more relief and comfort over time, especially to those who have been injured.
Benefits of Chiropractic Massage Therapy
The main benefits of chiropractic massage therapy are:
- Quicker Recovery – With chiropractic and massage therapy, many patients are able to recover faster since multiple forms of therapy are being used.
- Improved Circulation – Massages reduce swelling and increase blood flow, which allows your body to remove waste and toxins faster and leads to faster healing.
- Increased Mobility – Chiropractic massage therapy can relieve pain and tension, increase muscle flexibility, and increase mobility as a result.
- Easier Adjustments – Performing a chiropractic adjustment after a massage will be easier and more accurate since your body and muscles will be more relaxed than usual.
There are different types of massage therapy to suit different individual needs, including but not limited to:
What Is a Trigger Point Massage?
Trigger Point massage is a common massage therapy technique that focuses on specific areas of the body using a combination of strategic positioning and specific pressure from the fingers and thumb. The trigger points targeted by this method are areas located in the skeletal muscle that produce pain when compressed, usually formed after a muscle fiber trauma has occurred.
Trigger point massage loosens up tight areas—such as the neck, lower back, and shoulders, which are commonly affected by stress and discomfort—and helps with relaxation.
What Is a Deep Tissue Massage?
A deep tissue massage is a massage therapy that aims to reach the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Compared to a standard massage, the movements are slower and the pressure is deeper, allowing them to concentrate on realigning sublayers of muscles and the tissues surrounding those muscles.
Deep tissue massages are great for relaxing adhesions—bands of rough, painful tissue throughout the muscles. Adhesions can cause pain, limited movement, swelling, and blocked circulation. It’s important to keep the lines of communication open with your massage therapist and let them know if something is too painful or outside of your comfort level.
What Is a Swedish Massage?
Swedish massages are the foundation most other forms of massage therapy are based upon. The goal of the Swedish massage is to target the lymphatic system to increase its productivity through muscle relaxation. The lymphatic system is responsible for flushing metabolic waste from the muscles, which can aid your body in healing faster.
In addition to treating injuries, aches, and pains, many individuals who experience high stress levels in everyday life utilize Swedish massage therapy to help them relax and relieve muscle tension.
What Is a Sports Massage?
A sports massage is a massage focused on healing soft tissue injuries sustained from any kind of recreational activity, i.e. sports injuries. Anyone who routinely pushes their body or who works out a few days a week can benefit from a sports massage. Professional athletes, from the NFL to the Olympics, have integrated sports massage therapy into their workouts for treatment before, during, and after physical activities. The key concept of a sports massage is that working out shouldn’t only be about working your muscles; it should also include the care of your muscles after periods of exertion and strain.
Chiropractic and Massage Therapy
Combining any massage therapy with chiropractic care will ultimately give you the best results for relief from pain and injury. Even if your muscles have been treated by massage, the relief may not last long if your spine is not aligned properly or if you have suffered neck or back injury. In those cases, an assessment from an experienced chiropractor is ideal to ensure you’re reaping the benefits from both therapies.
What Is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a manual therapy where a licensed chiropractor uses spinal manipulation to realign the spine. Vertebrae that are out of place, not functioning properly, or have abnormal movement patterns can be manipulated through chiropractic adjustments to restore their natural alignments. Chiropractic adjustments can relieve muscle pain, inflammation, increase function and mobility, and relieve pressure on nerves.
When Should I Get a Chiropractic Massage?
Anyone at anytime can take advantage of a chiropractic massage. These therapies can help relieve stress and pain, whether you’ve sustained a car accident injury, sports injury, or simply need a break from everyday life. In addition to the physical benefits, chiropractic massages can also:
- Improve Your Overall Mood
- Lower Your Blood Pressure
- Improve Your Quality of Sleep
- Improve Your Posture
If you’ve been injured in a car accident or are suffering from chronic neck or back pain, call 407-478-7246 to schedule an appointment today! Our experienced and skilled massage therapists are here to help you recover from your pain.
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