Massage therapy and chiropractic care are natural friends. That is why many chiropractors have a certified massage therapist working at their office. Combining the two treatments can provide total healing and comfort to clients. Like chiropractic, massage offers a natural, drug-free, surgery-free way of healing.
When used with chiropractic care, massage can provide the following benefits:
- Quicker recovery time: Using both treatments together gives a double dose of healing power to injured soft tissues and allows them to heal faster.
- Easier chiropractic adjustments: When muscles are relaxed through massage, the body is looser and more flexible, which makes getting adjustments easier.
- Increased range of motion: Massage improves flexibility and helps to restore motion to areas that need it.
- Improved circulation: Massage improves circulation, bringing more blood and healing nutrients to areas of the body that require them.
Types of Massages Our Massage Therapist Offers
Our chiropractor works with our massage therapist at the office who provides a variety of massage types that are helpful adjuncts to chiropractic care. Some of the most common types used with chiropractic include:
- Lymphatic Massage: This detoxifies the body, which reduces muscle swelling and inflammation, which quickens and improves healing.
- Relaxation Massage: With relaxation massage, your mood is boosted, feel-good endorphins are released, and you are put into a better state, both mentally and physically, for receiving the greatest benefits from chiropractic adjustments.
- Myofascial Release: Myofascial release is a special kind of massage where the massage therapist applies gentle and sustained pressure to any restrictions in the myofascial connective tissues. The pressure relaxes the restrictions and loosens contracted and/or tense muscles. It also increases circulation, improves lymphatic drainage, and eliminates pain. It is also good for improving sleep and increasing range of motion.
- Sports Massage: Sports massage is done on the connective tissues and deep muscles. It is done using hard, deep pressure and movements, along with finger pressure on strategic points. It is done specifically to increase flexibility and prevent injuries before someone plays a sport.
- Swedish massage: Swedish massage is a much requested form of massage in massage practices, and it can be used effectively in chiropractic practices, as well. Its purpose is to increase blood circulation to areas hat need it, and, when done properly, can do so up to four times the normal amount of circulation to that area. It releases toxins, helps heal a soft tissue injury, and boosts energy levels.
- Warm Stone Massage: Warm stone massage is a new type of massage that is both relaxing and therapeutic. The massage therapist places warm river stones on strategic spots on your body in order to increase circulation and relax the muscles around those areas. It is used together with traditional massage, and is good for treating and healing just about anything.
- Rehabilitative Massage : Rehabilitative massage is made for healing soft tissue injuries and restoring the full range of motion in those tissues. The technique is designed to allow the massage therapist to find areas of spasm and tension, and then release them and restore them to their natural, healthy condition.
- Deep Tissue Massage: Done with deep, hard strokes and firm trigger point treatment, this type of massage is terrific at relieving hard to touch pain. It can often relieve pain nothing else can, because it goes down into the deepest tissues, and unknots and relaxes them at a level other massages can’t get to. Serious, deep down muscle and soft tissue pain is best served by this type of massage.
- Pregnancy Massage: Pregnant women often come in for gentle pregnancy massage to ease Braxton-Hicks contractions, relive sore backs, and improve circulation to the extremities, which may become swollen during pregnancy. It is very soothing and relaxing for a pregnant woman.
- Aromatherapy Massage: Done with essential oils mixed in with the massage oil, aromatherapy massage works on the emotions as much as the body. The correct oil or oil blend will be chosen to achieve the physical and emotional effects the client desires.
- Reflexology: Each spot on the foot corresponds to another place in or on the body. By applying pressure to the appropriate areas on the foot with reflexology massage, health conditions in other parts of the body can be relieved and even healed.