Most people know the benefits of regular chiropractic care, as well as the muscle relieving effects of massage therapy. But how many use them regularly together for overall health and well-being?
Massage therapy in its truest definition is “manipulation of the body's soft tissues”. This can be applied by the practitioners hands, forearms, elbows, feet or massaging device. According to the Mayo Clinic, “[s]tudies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension”. This is a crucial component in the practice of integrative care between chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy.
Types of Massage
Swedish: this is the most common type of massage. It consists of long, slow strokes, vibrations and/or tapping with the aim to create a relaxed feeling.
Trigger Point: this technique is best suited for someone with a specific soft tissue area of complaint or injury. Muscle tightness in a specific area is often referred to as trigger points.
Deep Tissue: this type of massage is also fairly common. It consists of long stokes with more pressure than a Swedish massage. It is a good option for people with chronic pain as well as muscle imbalances.
A winning combination
Your muscles work by receiving signals from the nerves that go to them. By reducing inflammation and trigger points and increasing spinal motion, your body is able to communicate and function to its full capacity.
After a massage, your muscles are loose and body is relaxed. This will allow your chiropractic treatments to be more effective and last longer. In addition, the soft tissue treated with massage therapy will heal quicker when the spine is aligned.
If decreases pain, reduced inflammation and increased nervous system function aren’t enough, regular massage therapy and chiropractic treatments can also;
Improve blood flow
Increase overall range of motion
Promote and healthier lifestyle
If you are looking for more information on a local chiropractor or massage therapist, contact our office at 618-639-6611 to speak with a Doctor of Chiropractic.
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