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“What a Natural Partnership… Chiropractic and Massage Therapy” (Part 2 of 2)

We would like to welcome our first guest presenter for our Topic of the Month; The Massage Therapists of A Touch of Tranquility Massage and Wellness Center. We thought it would be interesting to present both sides of the discussion of the benefits of chiropractic and massage therapy. Not unexpectedly, the opinions and ideas are very similar. Thank you so much for your time, ideas, and energies regarding this article and the services you provide for our patients.

Chiropractic and massage therapy work extremely well together. In our experience, massage prior to a chiropractic adjustment prevents the likelihood of spasm post-adjustment because of elongation of the muscles that attach to the spine noted after a massage.

Muscles have the following functions; support the skeleton, help maintain posture, provide heat to warm us, and help us move from point A to point B. Each function influences the other in some way. For example, when your muscles are warm, you’re going to have more elasticity and function. If you’re cold, you instinctively lower your head and bend your knees thus moving your body more center to its core to conserve and generate heat. Muscle and joints have that same kind of relationship. Both change function and posture. You can’t influence one without having influence on the other, which is why chiropractic and massage therapy complement each other so well.

Whether you’re a seeing a chiropractor for an acute injury or because of a long standing ailment, you might enhance its effectiveness by also receiving a massage. This makes intuitive sense if you break each treatment down to its basics. Chiropractic seeks to restore balance to the body by realigning the spine. Massage therapy focuses on the manipulation of the soft tissue, (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) for increased healing, enhanced function of the body, the promotion of well-being and relaxation. Even though chiropractic works on the joints and massage works on the soft tissue, the modalities are complementary. Secondary to the muscle memory, the soft tissue surrounding a restricted joint seeks to retain its original position because it requires less work than for the soft tissue to learn a new position. Therefore, when a chiropractic adjustment changes the alignment of the vertebrae, the surrounding muscles will try to pull them back into the balanced position. Coordinating a deep-tissue or Swedish massage with a chiropractic adjustment can also aid in retrieving the muscle memory. Softening the muscles and their attaching tendons allows them to better conform to the new alignment and allow both systems to readjust to the new equilibrium together.

Here are some examples of why chiropractic and massage therapy are so interconnected:

Massage extends the benefit of the chiropractic adjustment. Nearly every patient we have had that has received a massage either pre or post chiropractic adjustment has experienced a decrease in muscle tension, increase in flexibility and longer sustained benefits from the adjustment.

Chiropractic extends the benefits of a massage. When a patient receives a massage without an adjustment, they often incur repeat visits with similar complaints due to only temporary relief of their symptom complex.

Other research quantifies the positive impact of massage on the circulatory system. Circulation of the blood, lymph and interstitial fluids is critical to the natural homeostasis throughout the body, as well as its ability to heal and regenerate. Improvement in circulation has a cascade of benefits involving every body system.

Just as chiropractors are learning the benefit of massage, we urge massage therapists to gain an appreciation for the benefits of chiropractic.

We continue to encourage patients to take steps that include a joint wellness plan of chiropractic and massage therapy and the continued alternative of the benefit from a non-prescriptive treatment plan.

The long-term solution is a commitment of overall wellness. The key to living and wellness is a comprehensive approach to care that focuses on the body’s natural ability to heal itself when properly maintained and protected. While chiropractic and massage therapy offer considerable benefits individually, they are better together.

For more information about our office, please feel free to visit our website: www.atouchoftranquility-massageandskincare.com

Thank you for the invitation for your Topic of the Month.

The Massage Therapists of A Touch of Tranquility Wellness Center,
Christina Lower, LMT
Candice Cowan, LMT
Bailey Canfield, LMT

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