An ache that just won’t disappear can cause you to ponder which type of treatment would be the quickest, most beneficial and lasting: chiropractic care or massage therapy? Consider BOTH! Combining chiropractic and massage therapy to treat sore muscles and other medical ailments can speed up your recovery time.
Benefits of Combining Chiropractic and Massage Therapy
Using both chiropractic and massage therapy for back pain, osteoarthritis, cholesterol, depression, insomnia and prostate problems have been shown to be a highly effective treatment option. Chiropractic and massage therapy help to reduce aches and improve mobility. Together, chiropractic and massage therapy facilitate a more complete and effective system of health care.
Today, chiropractors are the third largest group of health care providers, after physicians and dentists. Chiropractic therapy focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system. Unlike massage therapy, chiropractic treatment addresses the hard tissue such as the spine and other joints.
Chiropractors choose a drug-free, hands-on approach that include patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. They are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. They often use massage to warm up the soft tissue supporting the joints. Common ailments treated include headaches, back discomfort, neck pain, sore muscles, and arm and leg joint issues.
Chiropractors make medical diagnosis, and may order x-rays or blood work. They are an outlet for supplements and homeopathic remedies in addition to providing nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling. Chiropractors cannot prescribe conventional medication.
Massage therapy is no longer just a luxury or pampering service. A growing amount of massage clients now seek regular massage therapy for relaxation, stress and medical treatment.
Massage therapy focuses on soft tissue manipulation to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Soft tissue treatment helps to correct misalignments, which can reduce pain and prevent injury. Upon relieving surrounding tension, mobility to the joints can be restored.
Unlike a chiropractor, a massage therapist is not trained or licensed to adjust the spine or any other joints. Clients may receive a massage to manage anxiety and depression, ease stiffness and pain, increase mobility, relieve stress, and improve sleep.
Additional massage therapy benefits:
- Boost immunity
- Improves skin condition
- Increases blood flow
- Increases joint flexibility
- Improves range of motion
Massage therapists do not make medical diagnosis, or order x-rays or blood work. They also do not prescribe conventional medication, but can recommend alternative herbal remedies.
Combining Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy
Misalignment of the musculoskeletal system can create dysfunction, pain or injury. Targeting the soft and hard tissue allows for a faster and more complete recovery. Massages help chiropractic treatment as they relieve tension and warm up the soft tissue. It relaxes the patient. Makes one less anxious and ready for the adjustments. In addition, adjustments last longer when the muscle tension is released because tight muscles can pull joints out of alignment.
Chiropractic, in turn, supports massage. If pain involves misalignment, adjustments may give immediate relief. Soft tissue heals faster once the joints are realigned. The joint movement relaxes the deep layers of soft tissue that can be difficult to palpate. The use of x-rays and manual diagnostic techniques can elevate other causes for your pain, which allows for proper treatment.