Should I Get Massage Therapy from a Chiropractor?
You may be aware that chiropractic care can be a great option for joint-related pain. You may also know that massage therapy is a great option for muscle-related pain. What you may not know is that when these two forms of therapy work together, patients can open up a whole new world of pain and stress management. Our team at West Omaha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic, serving Omaha, NE, are ready to introduce you to the healing benefits of massage.
How Does Chiropractic Massage Work?
During a chiropractic adjustment, any misalignment in the spine is addressed in order to reduce a person's pain or dysfunction. Spinal alignment has also been shown to impact the functionality of a person's joints and nervous system. A person's joints and spinal alignment are key during a chiropractic adjustment.
During massage therapy, it is the muscles, not the joints, which are getting all the attention. Your chiropractor or massage therapist will use gentle, appropriate pressure to release tightened muscles. These muscles, when tightened, can have a dramatic effect on joints. Tightened muscles will pull joints in the wrong direction, thus causing you pain and discomfort.
Massage also helps release muscle tension, allowing joints to be better adjusted by our chiropractors, Dr. Trevor Wagner, Dr. Julie Owen-Wagner, or Dr. Ron Evans.
What Types of Massage Do Chiropractors Provide?
In most offices, you can expect to find a variety of massage therapies. Let’s look at a few common types of chiropractic massage therapy. Trigger point massage relieves areas that are tight and causing pain. Deep tissue massage will target muscles with concentrated pressure and movements. Swedish massage is a traditional practice which helps to increase circulation and relaxation.
Works Great Together
When these two therapies are combined, patients get a better chiropractic experience. Using massage therapy to loosen the muscles and tendons which are pulling on the joints can make alignments much more effective. When there is less muscle tension in your body, your chiropractor can manipulate your joints and spine with greater ease, bringing you greater relief.
What Can I Expect at the Chiropractor
When you first visit Dr. Trevor Wagner, Dr. Julie Owen-Wagner, or Dr. Ron Evans you can expect an evaluation done of your current health and conditions. This information will be used to create a customized treatment plan for you.
Some people find that they can address their pain issues with just a few visits, while others find that ongoing chiropractic treatment helps to increase their overall health and wellness.