Everybody should have a massage regularly, whether it’s deep tissue massage, Swedish, Thai, or reflexology. The art of it has been around for centuries, removing stress and giving total relaxation. However, massage is definitely more than just something done in a spa, and doctors are now finally realizing its health benefits. Combined with chiropractic care, massage can make sure that one’s body is kept in a healthy condition.
Massage is both treatment (making the symptoms go away, e.g., headaches) and prevention. It directly affects blood circulation, making sure that the blood flow is smoother all over the body, including the problematic areas. It ensures that muscle tissues are flexible, removing any knots that can cause discomfort and even pain. When one gets a massage regularly, these knots or blockages in the tissues don’t get a chance to become bigger and cause more medical problems.
Used as a treatment method together with chiropractic treatment, massage can treat headaches, strain injuries, and whiplash. Chiropractors use it in conjunction with their main techniques like spinal adjustment, ultrasound, TENS, stretching, and nutritional counseling. With massage, pain is reduced, tissues are lengthened and made more flexible, and blood flow is increased in problematic areas of the body.
The good thing about chiropractors using massage is that it doesn’t react negatively with other treatment modalities. It can be used with physical therapy, osteopathy, and chiropractic care.
With lower back pain, for example, the chiropractor can adjust the misaligned joint, but its reason for misalignment is usually the very tight muscle tissues surrounding it. By combining chiropractic care and massage therapy, the pain will be relieved and the cause of it properly addressed.
People suffering from migraines are also aware that one trigger for their condition is a muscle spasm in the neck which can be really painful. When it happens, it can either cause a migraine, or make a currently occurring one so much worse. While medical doctors would just prescribe medication-which will remove the symptom but not the cause-a practitioner of chiropractic care will make sure to deal with both the pain and the cause of it. With deep tissue massage in the area, the muscles will be made to relax, giving immediate pain relief.
Massage, then, is more than just lying on a bed and waking up stress-free. Done in conjunction with other therapies, specifically chiropractic care, it can be a powerful method to treat and prevent injuries as well as improve body functions.