What is a Chiropractic Massage Therapy?
Traditional massages are primarily focused on reducing stress rather than reducing pain and increasing function. There’s no such thing as a bad type of massage, however, some techniques are more effective than others when addressing specific injuries or chronic pain. And just like chiropractic treatment, not all massage techniques work the same for everyone. Here are a few ways chiropractic massage stands out above the rest:
- Your chiropractor will tell the massage therapist which areas need the most attention.
- You can only receive a chiropractic massage after you’ve been examined by your chiropractor. Your chiropractor will identify the areas that need specific attention from the masseuse so all you have to do is sit back and relax.
- Chiropractic massages are quite often covered by insurance.
- Unlike most massages, chiropractic massages are often covered by insurance since it falls under chiropractic care. If you’re unsure if your benefits will cover a massage give us a call and we’ll find out for you.
- Chiropractic massage therapists are skilled at treating injuries.
Chiropractic massage therapists are trained to help treat injuries. General masseuses typically cover most of your body ignoring problem areas that need deeper attention. During a chiropractic massage, your therapist will likely focus on a specific area or a few key areas as well as give you attention from head to toe. In order to do so, they need to have a detailed understanding of the underlying issues and the best techniques to help you address them. That is the great thing about chiropractic massage: you are at your chiropractor’s office to direct the therapist as needed, so you can be sure you are getting the best massage possible that will actually help with problematic areas and get your body healing properly!
Combined Benefits of Chiropractic and Massage
Now that we’ve covered what each of these treatments alone can do to improve patients’ lives, let’s look at how they work together to produce even more substantial benefits.
Massage can allow the body respond faster and more fully to chiropractic adjustments. This therapy also helps maintain alignment for longer periods of time. And, by helping to strengthen the muscles once the musculoskeletal system is properly aligned, your body can “reset” and allow this improved physical state to become the norm, rather than the exception.
Together, massage and chiropractic care enhance emotional well-being along with proper, natural physical functionality. Pain relief can become more profound and long-lasting and, when you follow the recommended regimen, these treatments used together can help prevent your pain from returning.
Chiropractic Treatment before your Therapeutic Massage
Chiropractic care before your massage therapy allows for a chiropractic adjustment to better hold. After chiropractic care, your joints have just been positioned using a high-velocity, low amplitude (and completely safe) adjustment. This radical, endorphin-stimulating change to the body can have an effect on your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, pain thresholds and neuroplasticity of the brain. By having a nice, soothing, stress-relieving massage after your chiropractic adjustment, it can allow for all the benefits to be better absorbed by the body.
Chiropractic Care after your Therapeutic Massage
If a person has tight muscles, caused biomechanically or through the nervous system, this can affect the chiropractic adjustment. Making corrective changes in the body can have a more profound effect when the body is in a parasympathetic, or relaxed, state. Those that are new to chiropractic may fair better in this category to reduce any anxiety on being adjusted for the first time.