Back pain, neck pain and headaches
are just a few of the painful and distressing conditions that affect most of us
at some time. Chiropractic and massage therapy, used in combination, form a
powerful healing approach that addresses your pain on many levels. Whether your
pain is the result of traumatic injury, overuse or stress, chiropractic 2nd
massage combined can greatly speed your return to a pain-free, productive life.
Chiropractic Care for your Pain
Both long-term muscle tension and
sudden impacts, such as a fall or car accident, can pull and hold your joints
out of normal alignment. These misalignments, called subluxations, can disrupt
nerve transmissions, especially in the spine which houses nerves affecting the
entire body. The result is pain or other symptoms, such as numbness or tingling,
both at the site of the misalignment and frequently at related sites elsewhere
in the body.
Your chiropractor uses manipulations
to return your joint to its normal position and restore joint mobility. Often,
this restores balance within your body, allowing a return to optimal, pain-free
Soft Tissue Components of Your
Joint subluxations, troublesome
enough on their own, are almost always accompanied by tension or injury in your
soft tissue: muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (connective tissue that
permeates muscles and forms protective sheets throughout your body).
Soft tissue pain can actually spread
because it causes protective muscle tightening in surrounding areas. Over time,
tight, inflamed muscles and fascia (together called myofascia) suffer poor
circulation and can develop glue-like myofascial adhesions which prevent muscles
from lengthening completely. Painful trigger points can also develop, often
referring pain or tingling to other areas in the body. In extreme cases, tight
muscles can compress nerves just as painfully as a subluxation.
Why Soft Tissue is Important
Addressing soft tissue problems is
an important complement to chiropractic care. This is because muscles move
joints, while ligaments and fascia support them. If a subluxation is adjusted
without addressing related soft tissue problems, you may still experience pain.
In addition, your tight muscles and shortened fascia can pull your joint out of
Massage for Healthy Soft Tissue
Massage therapists use a variety of
techniques to address soft tissue problems. Gentle kneading and stretching
lengthens contracted muscles and fascia. Techniques such as sustained pressure,
ice massage and stretching can release trigger points. Painful sprains and
strains, as well as myofascial adhesions, can be addressed directly with massage
techniques that improve circulation and stimulate healthy separation and
realignment of injured fibers.
In general, massage increases
circulation. This reduces painful swelling and inflammation, and promotes
healing by removing waste products and bringing nutrients to your tissues. Like
a sponge absorbing water, both fascia and muscles begin to soften and lengthen
Maintain Everyday Good Health
Both massage and chiropractic offer
preventive care to support your ongoing good health and well-being. A timely
visit to your chiropractor can reestablish normal alignment and mobility before
secondary soft tissue problems develop.
Regular massage can release
chronically contracted muscles and fascia, improving the balance among muscle
groups and promoting healthful circulation. Your body will be more resilient in
the face of daily stresses, less prone to injury and subluxation
Finally, massage triggers the body’s
relaxation response, interrupting a cycle of stress and muscle tension that can
build in response to life’s challenges. Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after a
massage, you are less likely to slip into patterns of tension that can
contribute to soft tissue problems and subluxations.
Massage supports Chiropractic
You can benefit in a number of ways
by adding massage therapy to your chiropractic care program. Recovery is
normally faster and more complete when you address multiple components of your
pain. Chiropractic treatment often proceeds more easily, with less discomfort,
when soft tissue has been relaxed with massage. You may be less anxious and more
ready to receive chiropractic adjustment after a relaxing massage. Adjustments
frequently last longer when muscle tension is released that might otherwise pull
your joints out of alignment again.
Chiropractic Supports Massage
If you are seeking massage therapy
for pain but find your pain persists, recurs or even worsens after your massage,
chiropractic could help in these ways: . If your pain involves a subluxation,
chiropractic adjustment may give immediate relief as your joint is restored to
alignment and mobility. You may find that surrounding soft tissue heals quickly
once it is no longer subjected to the stress of misaligned joints. The joint
movement in chiropractic adjustments can sometimes relax deep layers of soft
tissue that can be difficult to reach with massage. Your chiropractor can use
x-rays and manual diagnostic techniques to evaluate other possible causes for
your pain and can make appropriate referrals if necessary.
Stephen provides clinical\pain
relief massage in Georgetown, Texas.
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