How Can Massage Help?
Therapeutic massage and stretching can help you regain and maintain proper alignment. When muscles are relaxed and restored to their optimal length, correct posture and alignment are more easily sustained.
Massage can also trigger the relaxation response, relieving the negative effects of stress and restoring balance in the body. Some positive effects of the relaxation response include slower heart rate, deeper breathing, more relaxed muscles, and better internal circulation and digestion.
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage:
- Increases the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments
- Aids in preparing the body for chiropractic adjustments
- Helps relieve pain in muscles and related soft tissues
- Helps prevent future problems
Local massage is often used in preparation for an adjustment. Massage relieves muscle tension and warms up the soft tissues in the area, making joints more pliable and more easily adjusted.
A general massage (1/2 to 1 hour) can also be good preparation for an adjustment. In addition to preparing the immediate area of concern, it helps you relax overall and become more receptive to other hands-on treatment.
Some patients find that massage after an adjustment to be more beneficial. This is often a personal preference. In any case, with regular therapeutic massage, chiropractic adjustments may last longer.