Benefits of Massage and Chiropractic care
Chiropractors and Massage therapists both use the power of touch to help their clients deal with pain and dysfunction. Both focus on helping their clients achieve pain relief and return to their daily activities. A chiropractor is educated in a nationally accredited four year post graduate doctorate program through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship. A massage therapist receives at minumum 500 hours of classroom and hands on clinical study in order to become licensed. So while both practitioners are highly motivated to help their clients, their background education and techniques vary greatly. However, by collaborating together, they are able to help the client achieve optimal results
If you’re feeling pain or discomfort, you could have an underlying problem with your spinal alignment, which can create muscle tension and guarding. This tension can create pressure on nerves and prevent you from moving freely. Chiropractic is really helpful for dealing with functional issues like these, but if you’ve been experiencing the symptoms for a while, you can sometimes find that your body stubbornly resists the adjustments a chiropractor makes, which can result in frustration and even pain.
If you’re experiencing problems with stiffness in your spine there can be an increase in tension in the muscles supporting and surrounding it. Trying to adjust the spine without working on the muscle tightness can pull on the spinal joints. This can make them even stiffer and means that it’s quite likely your pain will return, even if the chiropractic relieves it initially.
Sometimes, a massage prior to your chiropractic adjustment can help make those adjustments feel easier and last longer. Talk to your chiropractor and massage therapist to schedule your appointments on the same day to give you the best benefit.
The impact of stress on your body function
If you feel like you are under a lot of mental stress of perform repetitive physical tasks, massage can be really helpful to you. It’s great for maintenance, getting rid of a build-up of tension in your body before it causes any damage that needs help from your family doctor or chiropractor.
Spinal problems can be painful, and if you are experiencing pain in your arm, tingling or numbness in your shoulders and even sciatica it is recommended you consult with your chiropractor. Whether these symptoms come on suddenly or have been lingering and bothering you for a while, it is always important to seek medical help and not try to diagnose yourself or brush it off as a minor irritation. Your doctor will investigate and rule out major causes and may recommend massage therapy to help manage pain and discomfort.
Chiropractic and massage therapy work really well together. They don’t just correct the functional problem that’s causing the pain or symptoms but also help to relax the muscles and soft tissues so that any work carried out by the chiropractor is more effective and the effects last for longer.
A chiropractic adjustment is typically a very quick appointment that some people find fits in well with their busy lives. A massage however can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and I highly recommend you take the time once in a while to allow a massage therapist with experience in helping people with pain management really focus on what your muscles need. Taking time allows you to tune in with what your body is trying to tell you all day long….slow down, stretch, take a deep breath and acknowledge what you are feeling.
Massage and Chiropractic care for injuries
Using the two together is really helpful after an accident or sporting injury, even the aches and pains that you might get from DIY or gardening. Injuries treated with massage and chiropractic can often heal faster because the two treatments help to stimulate blood flow, boosting your body’s natural energy to heal.
Chiropractic and massage therapy are also, importantly, natural, drug free, hands on therapies and they don’t have to be restricted just to after injury or when you’re in pain, it can be beneficial to have a session of chiropractic or a regular massage just to maintain your muscular and spinal health and stop problems from occurring in the first place.