The Health Benefits of Massage Therapy Combined with Chiropractic Care
Massage therapy is a common element of a comprehensive chiropractic care plan. Massage is proven to enhance health in many ways, be it alleviating joint pain or reducing anxiety and depression symptoms. Entirely healthy people can benefit from massage too.
The Role of Massage in Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic medicine concentrates on the musculoskeletal system. Some elements of chiropractic care focus on the bones. Massage focuses on the soft tissues, such as the web-like myofascial tissues between the muscles and bones.
Say you go to see a chiropractor for lower back pain. They diagnose spinal misalignment as the cause – meaning the bony vertebrae of your spinal column are not correctly stacked on top of one another.
To treat this, the chiropractor may perform a spinal adjustment to shift the subluxated vertebrae back into place. The misalignment will also have created tension in the muscles surrounding the spine, however. The chiropractor may thus perform massage, which relaxes tight muscles.
How Massage Therapy Benefits Health
Chiropractors also use massage to improve health in other ways. Here are some of the benefits:
Alleviate Physical Tension and Pain
Massage decreases muscle tension, alleviates soreness, and improves mobility. Massage is further proven to reduce pain. One study of patients experiencing chronic pain showed improved symptoms after just 12 weeks of regular massage.
Massage therapy is proven to improve circulation. This helps to deliver blood, nutrients, and oxygen to inflamed or damaged tissues, speeding healing after illness or injury.
Reduce Mental Stress
Massage boosts feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain known as endorphins. Endorphins are proven to reduce pain and can even improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Massage is likewise shown to lower blood pressure, which is linked to stress. Stress increases the risk of chronic illnesses.
Licensed Chiropractic Massage in Manassas, Virginia
Breen Chiropractic Clinic, PC, provides chiropractic care and massage therapy in Manassas, Virginia. Dr. Robert Breen, D.C., has more than 30 years of experience. Offering a holistic approach to health, he focuses on not only treating existing issues but also providing preventative care to keep you feeling fit.
Take advantage of the health benefits of chiropractic care. Call our Manassas office at (703) 368-4040 to schedule an appointment.