For Better Chiropractic Results, Get a Massage
Sep 30, 2016 07:55PM
Combining massage and chiropractic care can lead to better, quicker, longer lasting pain relief without drugs. Medical treatments offer quick pain relief through medications, but do not address the cause of the pain. Consider the choice is not between needing a chiropractor or selecting a massage therapist, but a balance of the two working together to help relieve pain.
Chiropractors work on the “hard” tissues by use of spinal adjustment techniques that directly treat the causes of spinal pain or headaches. These issues happen because of subluxation of the spine. A chiropractor can realign the spine, relieving the pain.
Massage therapy aids chiropractic care, by acting like a “warm-up” for the body prior to the adjustment. Adjustments last longer when muscle tension is released, preventing the newly aligned joints from being pulled back out of alignment. In turn, chiropractic care addresses misalignments, which gives immediate relief to the soft tissues that massage therapy specifically prioritizes.
Massage therapy targets the muscles and tendons in our bodies. Muscle spasms and overworked areas of tension can benefit from massage. Overly tight muscles can pull the joints out of alignment, so by keeping these muscles relaxed and supple, massage can prevent the pain from returning.
Mark R. Davenport is a licensed massage therapist, Reiki Master and Access Bars practitioner, who took his first massage class as a corpsman in the NAVY in 1977. He practices at Heart~n~Hands Holistic Integrated Health, in Tucson. Connect at 520-314-7558, [email protected] or HeartNHandsMassage.com. See ad, page 24.