At Nuzzi Chiropractic Family & Sports Center we believe that massage is a perfect complement to chiropractic care. Significant health improvements mentally and physically when utilizing a combination. We believe that each patient is separate and distinct from the other and needs their own recipe for health and wellness. The physical improvements from utilizing both therapies may include better flexibility, increased range of motion, decreased muscle tension, better stress management as well as improving high blood pressure. Mental health benefits of these therapies may also include creating a peace of mind, proprioception and inner balance and a connection to your mind and body.
The differences with chiropractic and massage are distinct. Massage is usually done for 30-60 minutes, you will undress to your comfort level and is done with massage oils or lotions. Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to address musculo-skeletal conditions. Gentle kneading and stretching can be incorporated to help relieve tight and tender tissues. Most massages use gentle long strokes aiding in helping alleviate chronic or acute pain syndromes. Massage therapists do not manipulate joints in the same why chiropractors do. Read Through the Eyes of a Massage therapist for a personal account of this important therapy.
Chiropractic treatment is usually under 20 minutes. It is based heavily on the chiropractic adjustment which corrects a vertebral subluxation. A vertebral subluxation is a term used to describe a joint that has lost a degree of movement, has abnormal muscle pulling on either side, and/or has altered neurological function coming from the nerve that exits the spine at that level. This involves a firm pressure being applied to the area of subluxation and the joint being corrected. This will help restore proper function to the nervous system. Chiropractors may also include some palliative therapies in their treatment, usually during an acute pain episode this may include electric stimulation, heat, ice, cold laser therapy, ultrasound, and/or mechanical traction.
Chiropractors also do manual therapy which is different than massage therapy. Manual therapy usually consists of trigger point work or something called active release. In trigger point therapy we localize one portion of the dysfunctional muscle and use ischemic compression to restore function. In active release we shorten the muscle and make a contact then bring the muscle through its normal plane of motion which then strips the muscle from any muscle adhesions present that may be causing the tightness or restriction.
Physical Benefits to Chiropractic & Massage
- Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
- Reduces pain & swelling
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Reduced formation of adhesions
- Improves circulation of blood and lymph
- Relieves tension and strain of whiplash related injuries
- Helps reduce headaches
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Strengthens immune function
- Improves posture
They Work Together
Chiropractic and massage therapy work in conjunction together to help correct the nervous system, joint mobility, muscle tension, ligaments and fascia. Best way to incorporate massage is to get an hour massage prior to your adjustment. Then your muscles are relaxed and your joints will move more freely. Both therapies also help manage your stress- physical, emotional and chemical stresses can be manifested as subluxation and muscle tension in your body. It is best to regularly see your chiropractor and massage therapist for continued benefits of both.
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