Whether you are rehabbing an injury, working on peak performance or increasing your overall wellness, you may be wondering if you should combine massage with chiropractic and physical therapy?
The short answer, definitely a resounding YES! Both chiropractic and physical therapies are enhanced by regular massage!
Let’s take a closer look and get a more clear understanding on exactly how combining massage, chiropractic and physical therapy benefit injured and wellness seeking clients.
While most people are familiar with the individual benefits of massage, chiropractic and physical therapy, most aren’t aware of how powerful they are when combined! Moreover, many people don’t consider combining therapies when amping up their wellness. In fact, each treatment shares a common goal of providing drug-free treatment that supports the natural healing process. They just do so with different techniques. When applied together, though, the treatments complement one another to provide even better results than one or the other alone.
In most cases, people who have been in an accident or have had a debilitating injury tend to seek out a multi-tiered care plan.
Modern-day living and ergonomics make it very challenging to keep one’s body in proper alignment. In addition to considering combined therapies, we also highly recommend working with a physical trainer or yoga professional to help build strength and flexibility.
Massage Therapy plays an important role in physical therapy.
Physical therapy helps people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function. Physical therapists work with their clients using specific exercises, stretches and techniques to strengthen and mobilize specific areas of the body that are not properly functioning.
Integrating massage therapy into each session optimizes physical therapy treatment and can effectively speed up patient recovery. Massage therapy decreases inflammation, increases circulation and efficiently repairs damaged muscle and fascia. The recovery promoted through massage therapy allows the physical therapy process to progress faster due to the increased regeneration of muscular tissue. In addition, the calm and relaxation of massage puts the body into a healing state.
Combining Chiropractic and Massage Therapy.
When combined together, chiropractic and massage therapy provide a complete and efficient system of treatment. Chiropractic focuses on the hard tissue of the body, the vertebrae and joints of the spine. Massage, on the other hand, focuses on the soft tissues, muscles, ligaments and fascia, of the body. By targeting both the hard and soft tissues, a faster and more overall complete recovery is achieved.
Massage works well with chiropractic because of the relaxation factor. After a massage, a chiropractic patient is more relaxed and less anxious. This allows the chiropractor to better adjust the joints and spine. Relaxed muscles also won’t pull the joints back out of alignment due to the release of muscle tension. Many chiropractors recommend scheduling a massage before coming in for an adjustment.
The benefits of combining massage, chiropractic and physical therapy are huge!
Most therapists recommend a combined approach. Instead of focusing treatment in one arena, consider the benefits of a combined approach. Here are some of the benefits:
Holistic Comprehensive Treatment:
The body is a complex structure of bones, soft tissues, muscles, and other supporting structures. When therapy combines multiple modalities, it addresses ALL aspects of the body to treat the issue from multiple approaches and restore health in its entirety. A comprehensive approach provides deep and lasting results, which often includes faster healing.
Massage plays an important role in combined therapy. Massage helps relax the muscles affected by the accident, injury or surgery. Asa result, the patient is better able to do the exercises and other stretches necessary for treatment. Additionally, massage aids in faster recovery of the soft tissue following chiropractic adjustments as well.
Massage is focused on relaxing the muscles, which aids in the range of motion and reduces pain. This also has the benefit of facilitating chiropractic treatments, as the body is looser and more limber to make adjustments easier and more comfortable.
Increased Range of Motion:
As massage loosens the muscles and reduces tension, it also has a huge impact on the range of motion available for the client. This can definitely increase the effectiveness of chiropractic care and physical therapies. Most individuals needing treatment experience a reduced range of motion. However, with massage the movement is actually increased, making physical treatment and chiropractic treatment easier and more beneficial! Massage therapy assists in increasing flexibility and movement of the muscles, ligaments and other soft tissue that has been impaired.
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