Accidents, repetitive actions and everyday stresses can cause problems that sometimes seem to take up permanent residence in our bodies. If tension, pain or restricted movement keep you from living the life you want, massage can help. A gentle, effective therapy, massage can relieve pain and help heal certain conditions and prevent their return.
Research shows that massage decreases muscle tension, increases circulation and calms the nervous system. The result is a cascade of physical and mental benefits that can help alleviate a wide variety of conditions.
- Pain and spasm from auto accident, work injury, sports injury
- Tight and painful muscle
- Pain and restriction of joint
- Injury prevention
- Pre and post natal pregnancy treatment
- Fluid retention
- Postural problems and pain from sitting and standing
HOW WILL A MASSAGE FEEL?
Massage on normal tissue is almost always pleasant. In an area of injury or chronic pain, massage may at first cause some discomfort which usually subsides quickly. Your therapist knows ways to minimize pain without sacrificing effectiveness. Tell your massage therapist if you feel any discomfort so that she or he can adjust the approach.
IS MASSAGE ALWAYS APPROPRIATE?
Because there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate, inform your massage therapist of even minor problems. Also be aware that some conditions require ongoing communication between your therapist and primary health practitioner.
YOUR MASSAGE THERAPIST
Massage therapists have extensive training that includes massage technique, anatomy and physiology, and knowledge of when massage is and is not appropriate. Many local, state and provincial governments license massage therapists. Massage therapists are often certified by schools and many have specialized training.
MUTUALLY SUPPORTIVE THERAPIES
Adding massage therapy to your chiropractic care program can increase its effectiveness.
- recovery is faster and more complete when you address multiple components of your condition.
- Chiropractic adjustment often proceeds more easily when circulation is improved and your body and mind are relaxed.
- Adjustments hold longer with less muscle tension.
- Soft tissue often heals quickly once it is no longer subjected to the stress of misaligned joints
YOUR TOTAL WELL-BEING IS THE GOAL
Massage and chiropractic are compatible holistic therapies that share the goal of your total well-being, not simply an absence of illness. Both offer natural, hands-on, drug free techniques. They can be used as preventive as well as restorative therapies. Both work to resolve the cause of your pain rather than treat isolated symptoms. Used in combination, massage and chiropractic can help you maintain optimum health and enjoy a lifetime of good health.