6 Benefits of Chiropractic Services Alongside Massage Therapy
Research indicates that chiropractic therapy is a recommended alternative to pain-relieving medication for back pain. In addition, chiropractic treatment helps a wide range of musculoskeletal related pains. During a chiropractic session, a Chiropractic Physician will manipulate the joints to help align the musculoskeletal structure and provide greater mobility.
One of the most important tools in this process is the practitioner’s hands. However, the small hand-held adjusting instrument, called an Activator, is bringing incredible relief to patients. This spring-loaded instrument provides a quick, targeted impulse to the tissues or joint. This treatment, as well as any other chiropractic treatment, is especially beneficial when used alongside massage therapy.
When combined you receive the following six benefits:
They complement one another
Massage therapy works on the soft tissues of the body while chiropractic care targets bones and joints. Massage therapy enhances your circulation and blood flow, thus creating warmer tissue and preparing the body for chiropractic realignment. Chiropractic care and massage therapy should be viewed as two complementary treatments, not as two separate or competing ones.
It realigns your skeletal structure, so tension releases and it creates balance. However, when you have the massage first, it allows the chiropractic process to flow much easier. Your muscles will be more flexible from the increased blood flow and release of tension.
Aids in pain relief
According to the American College of Physicians, using chiropractic care in combination with massage therapy, as well as with heat or ice and acupuncture will aid in pain relief.
Improved functioning of the central nervous system
Some pain signals are sent via the central nervous system. This is especially common with chronic pain such as in the back. As chiropractic care and massage therapy work to reduce this pain, it also improves the overall function of the central nervous system.
Boosts the immune system
Ongoing stress and tension tend to wear down the body’s natural immune system. The pain relief of chiropractic service and the increased circulation and relaxing effects of massage therapy jumpstart the central nervous system and as an added bonus — give a boost to your immune system. Your immunity will thrive when you have less stress, pain, and tension in your muscles.
The comprehensive, thorough process of a massage in combination with chiropractic service does more than relieve all those aching muscles and enhance your health; it also brings psychological benefits too. Massages, in particular, are known to release dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the brain’s natural “feel good” chemical. It also helps with alertness, focus, and memory. So, not only will you reap the benefits of getting your skeletal system realigned during chiropractic treatment, but you’ll receive a psychological boost, too.
Next time you schedule your massage; don’t forget to add chiropractor services as well. A massage will loosen your tissues and increase your blood flow, making it the perfect time to create body wellness, and balanced health. Contact Therapeutic Kneads for your appointment today.