Sometimes, people who have never had chiropractic adjustments or decompression performed may find the idea intimidating – but how does a massage sound?
Massage therapy can help relieve back pain and other related symptoms. Paired with chiropractic care, massage can speed up recovery and decrease symptoms more effectively. Consider the following benefits of adding massage to your chiropractic appointments.
Reasons to Pair Chiropractic Care with Massage
Your Body Accepts Adjustments Better. As we mentioned before, your first set of chiropractic adjustments can be strange, and may even make you feel tense. After all, an outside force is moving your spine. Having a massage appointment before getting adjustments done can help to loosen up the muscles around the spine and relieve tension. Additionally, many people feel a bit sore after a good set of chiropractic adjustments, but massage can relieve these feelings.
Relieves Stress. Taking time to relax with a massage can loosen tight muscles and help to relieve stress throughout the body – this is why many people get massages in the first place. While stress relief certainly affects mental health, it also plays a big role in our physical health.
Improved Circulation. The spinal cord is a key part of the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for sending messages throughout the body and making sure the proper nutrients, blood, and oxygen are being transported to the right places. Massage therapy can assist the nervous system in this process by improving circulation throughout the body so that blood gets to the places it needs to go at a faster rate.
Stimulates Immune System. Massage and chiropractic care are especially effective when a patient is recovering from an injury. Massage can undo the stress and tension caused by the accident, while encouraging the body to heal itself. Chiropractic care then does the work to undo the trauma of the accident or injury.
Increased Range of Motion. Injuries from physical activities or accidents can also take away a patient’s range of motion. Range of motion affects your ability to live a mobile life and complete everyday activities. When it is paired with pain, a patient’s overall quality of life is significantly impacted. Massage therapy works with the muscles and surrounding tissue to increase flexibility and encourage range of motion.
Holistic Approach to Care. Our spine is connected to so many parts of the body, and is affected by so many things. One pill, one appointment, or one life change is unlikely to completely reverse our symptoms. Likewise, focusing only on one area of your health or one part of your body can prove ineffectual.
It is often more helpful when doctors treat symptoms or injuries with a holistic approach. This means looking at how the entire body is affecting symptoms. With the entire body in mind, the doctor may recommend multiple forms of treatment.
Let’s look at how this plays out with massage and chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments change the position of the vertebrae along the spine. Massage therapy targets the tissues and muscles surrounding the vertebrae. Tissue and muscle health encourage joint and bone health, and vice versa. Each part of our body works together.
A holistic approach to health is at the center of chiropractic care. In addition to massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments, the professionals at iChiropractic may also recommend dietary plans, physical therapy, or other treatments that naturally work to improve symptoms throughout the body.
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About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.