Although chiropractors are able to treat a variety of skeletal and muscular issues, massage therapy has grown as an important companion to chiropractic care.
From stress and pain relief to improved circulation the benefits of massage therapy helps enhance the healing process and you feel good overall. Everyone deserves a one hour vacation, right?
What is the Difference?
While both chiropractors and massage therapist both use their hands, they each have specific goals.
With a goal of treating treat partially dislocated joints or bones (subluxations), chiropractors are healthcare practitioners that work on your back and neck. To relieve pain and stiffness, massage therapists focus on your muscles.
The benefits both before and after chiropractic treatment show the value of massage therapy. For example, the surrounding muscles spasm and stiffen when your body goes out of alignment.
This makes a chiropractic adjustment more challenging. Patients that receive massage therapy before an adjustment experience a release of muscle tension.
Also, massages can enhance the positive results of an adjustment. Residual muscle tension can pull the affected area out of alignment if an adjustment is made without massage therapy.
Other Benefits of Massage Therapy
Not all pain is caused by physical injury. A big contributor to neck and back pain is stress. Even the healthiest people can feel the effects of stress.
Together, massage therapy and chiropractic treatment work to relieve stress induced muscle tension and discomfort. Additionally, since massages increase blood flow throughout the body, they can even relieve headaches.
You’re in Good Hands
Chiropractic care and massage therapy are each individually beneficial to your health. Put together, they are extremely effective in relieving muscular pain and stiffness.
Contact AICA College Park today to learn more about your College Park chiropractors and massage therapists and make an appointment.