If you have an injury or illness that affects any part of your muscles, bones, or connective tissue, then seeing a chiropractor or a massage therapist can benefit you greatly.
Many people report great success with either of these therapeutic modalities, whether that means rapid recovery from a sports injury or relief from chronic pain that has affected them for years.
Increasingly, however, it has been noted that people may benefit most of all from a multimodal therapy where they are using the services of a qualified chiropractor, but at the same time also receiving regular massage therapy.
This post reviews the symbiosis between massage therapy and chiropractic care and offers suggestions for combining the two in your treatment regimen.
Chiropractic Care and Its Benefits
Chiropractors are a specialized medical professional that use hands-on therapy to align the musculoskeletal system of the body to promote pain relief, healing, and overall wellness.
Chiropractors pay particular attention to the proper alignment of the vertebrae of the spine, though the bones, muscles, and connective tissues of other areas are also important to their practice.
The majority of chiropractic care focuses on making adjustments, which promote better alignment. This means the chiropractor will use their hands or occasionally another tool to manipulate your back, legs, arms, shoulders, neck, or head through applying gentle force, bending, stretching, or twisting the joints in ways that are therapeutic.
Though chiropractic care has been found to be highly therapeutic across many physical ailments, it had been found to be especially helpful in cases of back injury, back pain, sciatica, chronic headaches, sports injuries, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
Massage Therapy and Its Benefits
Massage therapy is one of the most popular therapies within complementary and alternative medicine, and with good reason: it feels great, and it works.
Traditionally, massage has been used to treat muscular pain and injuries, such as sports injury and strain or injury to the soft tissues, such as those that arise from repetitive strain or spending too much time sitting in an office.
However, the benefits of massage therapy have become increasingly recognized for a wide range of other conditions as well. These include stress-related mental health conditions such as anxiety, high blood pressure, insomnia, and digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.
What’s more, massage has also been found to be helpful for people who suffer from fibromyalgia, headaches, depression, or a low-functioning immune system, for example, those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment or those with HIV.
Massage therapy releases muscle tension, promotes good sleep, and increases overall feelings of wellness.
Combining Chiropractic Care and Massage for Optimal Outcomes
Both chiropractic care and massage therapy have excellent outcomes for wellness when it comes to both mental health and wellbeing as well as pain and musculoskeletal conditions.
However, the aims of the therapies are different. While chiropractic seeks to promote and maintain proper alignment of the bones of the spine and surrounding tissues as well as other areas of the body, massage therapy focuses on releasing tension from the muscles and encouraging deep relaxation.
Muscle release and relaxation can help make chiropractic alignment easier. Moreover, a properly aligned skeletal system through chiropractic can mean a patient can reap more of the benefits that massage therapy has to offer. Rather than competing with each other, massage and chiropractic have different uses and can work in tandem to achieve optimal outcomes.
How Can Chiropractic Care and Massage Be Combined?
There are a couple of ways that massage therapy and chiropractic care can be used in combination.
Firstly, is seeing a chiropractor and a massage therapist, where neither of their practices is related. Ideally, there will be some form of interprofessional communication between your chiropractor and massage therapist to ensure the two treatments are working in conjunction with one another. However, for most people who see these services independently, this does not always happen.
Alternatively, you may use the services of a chiropractor who is also trained or certified in massage therapy. You chiropractor may incorporate massage techniques into your chiropractic appointments or recommend you come in for separate appointments focusing on massage treatments.
Some chiropractic practices have in-house massage therapists who work in combination with the chiropractors. This offers the opportunity to see specialized professionals while also ensuring there is continuity of care between the treatments you are receiving.
No matter what the injury is you are facing, it is likely that both massage therapy and regular visits to a chiropractor would greatly help you on the road to recovery. Even if your complaints are small in nature, multimodal therapy has been found to be significantly more effective than using one therapeutic modality on its own.
For quick recovery, pain relief, and optimal health in the long term, talk to your chiropractor about using massage therapy today!