Massage or Adjustment?

Both chiropractic services and massage therapy facilitate the healing process and promote long-term health. However, each treatment yields different results for different conditions, and your specialist may fashion a treatment plan based on your specific medical history or level of pain. Here’s a quick rundown.

What’s a Massage?

Massage therapy focuses solely on muscle tissue and offers much more than a mere luxury indulgence. In fact, it can be an important step in your comprehensive pain management plan. Physically manipulating soft tissue can do many of the following:

  • Promote blood flow
  • Increase energy
  • Boost immunity
  • Enhance skin tone
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Lower stress

When to Seek a Massage Therapist?

Many patients with muscle-based pain find considerable relief from deep tissue conditioning. Talk to your massage therapist if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Tightness, soreness or pain in your muscles
  • Muscle spasms
  • Overstretched ligaments
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Limited range of motion
  • Anxiety or stress

What’s an Adjustment?

Chiropractic services focus on hard tissues and involve a deeper analysis of your bones, joints and central nervous system. An adjustment is a physical manipulation of your spine, and chiropractors are licensed to make medical recommendations and obtain x-rays and blood work. Talk to a DC about any of the following:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Car accident
  • Whiplash
  • Scoliosis
  • Joint pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Tension
  • Headaches
  • Pregnancy pain

Holistic Healing

Many people experience considerable relieve through a combination of massage therapy and chiropractic services. This is particularly common among patients experiencing chronic pain, which is often the result of long-term lifestyle habits and years of sedentary work conditions. Massage therapy is a great way to warm up your body before receiving an adjustment, and the results tend to last longer if you’ve already released some of your existing tension.

Keep in mind that patience and commitment are crucial to effective long-term healing, so talk to your provider about a pain management plan that’s right for you.