Each day, millions of people walk around in pain. Some may be athletes whose pain is the result of repetitive movements. Others may be suffering from the effects of a recent traumatic
event that resulted in reduced range of motion, referred pain, or chronic neck and spinal problems. And still others may be suffering from fibromyalgia, tendinitis, or even severe headaches.
Many people try to reduce or control their pain with medication. But, with the ever-growing prevalence of unintended opioid addiction, more and more people are looking for a drug-free solution to their pain. While many consider chiropractic or massage therapy as two possible alternatives, what they don’t realize is that the two therapies combined could offer the best solution to alleviate their pain.
Chiropractic is the third largest category of health care providers and its stature as a legitimate and beneficial option has grown accordingly. Concurrently, more and more people are turning to massage therapy for medical issues, as well as for problems caused by stress and anxiety. Massage is no longer viewed as a luxury available only to a select few; rather, it is increasingly seen as a necessary component to good health and well-being.
Most importantly to many people, massage therapists and chiropractors both embrace a philosophy of drug-free and hands-on treatment to relieve pain and stress – a key reason why their stature and popularity in the health care industry have grown. People today are looking for viable alternatives to the more traditional medical model, which all too often relies heavily on medication as a primary solution to pain management.
The key differences between massage therapy and chiropractic lie in the areas that each practitioner focuses on. A chiropractor addresses hard tissue, such as joints, neck, and the spinal column. Massage therapy focuses on soft tissue, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When used in tandem, clients often enjoy faster results that last longer and facilitate the body’s own healing process.
People who already use chiropractic treatment on a regular or even frequent basis may want to consider adding the massage component soon after a visit to their chiropractor. Massage following an adjustment will help to reduce any residual soreness and relax the muscle tissue surrounding the newly aligned spine. This combined effort creates a longer lasting result for the patient.
Others may benefit from receiving massage prior to their chiropractic adjustment. It’s a sort of “pre-game” warm up for the soft tissues that support the affected joints and hard tissue. The more relaxed the muscles are, the more they will allow the body to be responsive to the chiropractic treatment. In addition to reducing aches, massage will also improve blood flow, which in turn improves mobility and flexibility.
Working hand in hand, these two disciplines can offer an ideal solution to your aches and pains. Treating misalignments with chiropractic manipulation provides immediate relief and facilitated healing to the surrounding soft tissue; and, massage therapy – either prior to or following a chiropractic session -alleviates muscle tension and soreness, helps the body experience longer lasting results, and expedites healing.
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