If you suffer from chronic pain or tight muscles (or both), you’ve likely considered either chiropractic care or massage therapy as possible solutions. Perhaps your best friend gets regular massages to combat knotted muscles, or maybe you’ve heard about the benefits of chiropractic care from a happy client of Khoury Chiropractic, our Dedham health clinic offering chiropractic, massage, and much more. You may have even given one of these treatments a try, but have you ever considered how these two bodywork services could work together to promote optimal health in your body? Keep reading to learn more about these two services.
How do chiropractic care & massage therapy differ?
Massage therapy and chiropractic care both utilize manipulation of the body in order to provide patients with a drug-free method for relaxation, pain relief, etc., but they are by no means the same thing. The main difference between massage and chiropractic is the part of the body that is manipulated, and we don’t mean the back versus the neck. Massage therapy is concerned with your body’s soft tissues, such are your muscles. Therapists use a variety of techniques to knead muscle knots away and help the patient relax and relieve stress. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, is concerned with the body’s musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractors use various methods of adjustment to correct subluxations (misalignments) of the spine in order to relieve pain and promote overall health in the patient.
How do massage and chiropractic work together?
Because of their differences, massage therapy and chiropractic care can be very effective when used together. The massage aspect helps the muscles in the body to relax while the chiropractic aspect treats specific conditions and promotes overall health and wellness.
3 Benefits of Chiropractic With Massage Therapy
Have you ever visited your local chiropractor for an adjustment only to find that your back had reverted at least partly back into its misaligned and painful position shortly after? If your muscles or fasciae (similar to tendons or ligaments, a fascia stabilizes, connects, and surrounded muscles and internal organs) are very tight, they may cause your body to resist a chiropractic adjustment. You can help prevent this by getting a massage prior to your adjustment, allowing your muscles to relax before your spine is realigned.
Because chiropractic is concerned with the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and massages the body’s soft tissue, both treatments can be put together to offer the patient the ideal treatment for effective and long-term relief from pain and other conditions. Many patients experience quicker recoveries from their complaints when using both massage and chiropractic rather than just one or the other. Just using massage to treat back pain, for example, may result in multiple visits to address the same problem, while a massage and chiropractic adjustment may correct the problem at its source.
Whether you receive an adjustment first or begin with a massage, investing in both of these treatments can provide you with longer-lasting relief from your pain or related symptoms. In fact, many patients experience longer-lasting relief following a massage and adjustment versus an adjustment or massage by themselves. Why not give these services a chance to work together to improve your overall health and wellness?
Here at Khoury Chiropractic, we offer both chiropractic care services as well as massage therapy services in order to provide our patients with the treatments they need. Why not experience the benefits of combining massage with chiropractic for yourself? You can schedule an appointment with Khoury by calling or contacting us online.