We often combine therapeutic massage and chiropractic care to maximize the benefits that our patients receive. A massage done at a local salon or spa of course feels wonderful, and can be incredibly rejuvenating, however, chronic pain or fatigue can return rather quickly. This is because the underlying cause of pain is not being addressed. However, a therapeutic massage performed along with the medical knowledge and guidance of a chiropractor, can change the course of your rehabilitation. Therapeutic massage can be beneficial for people with chronic pain, anxiety, or illness. It can also help people manage the pain from an injury, often allowing them to heal faster.
Massage Therapy to Ease Pain
Most forms of therapeutic massage will alleviate your pain, but some forms target certain areas of the body, specifically to help you in pain management. Trigger point therapy focuses on the tight areas within your muscle tissue that can trigger pain in other parts of your body. A massage therapist uses cycles of pressure and release to alleviate the source of your pain. Cranial sacral therapy is primarily a head massage, during which the massage therapist focuses on the bones of the skull, spinal column, and sacrum. This form of massage can help alleviate the pain of TMJ, migraines, and back and neck pain.
During a Swedish massage, the massage therapist uses light to medium pressure across your body to relieve stress, boost your mood, and promote relaxation. Reflexology massage focuses on areas on the hands and feet known as reflex zones. This relieves stress and promotes relaxation. Deep tissue massage is a lot like Swedish massage, but the massage therapist addresses deeper muscle tissue, targeting knots and tightness to release chronic muscle tension.
Massage Therapy to Heal Injuries
Sports massage is typically used for athletes, but can be adapted by massage therapists to fit the needs of anyone with a chronic or temporary injury. The massage therapist will focus on the area of your body that is injured, providing you with pain relief and stimulating the tissues and muscles around the injured area. This form of therapy can promote rehabilitation in some cases.