Batman and Robin. Bonnie and Clyde. Shaggy and Scooby. Abbott and Costello. Peanut Butter and Jelly. Massage and Chiropractic. (enter scratching record sound, followed by “one of these things is not like the other” music). “Wait! Your telling me that massage and chiropractic are a super duo?” For those of you that have walked into my clinic, you know my answer is (drum roll, please)…ABSOLUTELY! I am big into muscle work alongside chiropractic adjustments. They are the perfect duo.
Most people know the benefits of chiropractic care, as well as the relaxing effects of massage therapy. BUT, most people do not realize that getting both regular massages and routine chiropractic adjustments can enhance your overall wellness. You heard that right, chiropractors and massage therapists should work in tandem, like we do at Gundlach Chiropractic. “Why?”, you ask. Because the treatments are so complementary. Let’s take a look…
How They Work
A chiropractic adjustment takes care of subluxations (joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints throughout the body). These adjustments help reduce inflammation and pain, while improving function of both the affected joint and the nervous system.
Side note: Most people think of the “normal” adjustment (“twisting and popping”) when they hear the word “chiropractic”. However, everyone is different, and everyone responds differently to certain adjustments. That is why, at Gundlach Chiropractic, your treatments and adjustments are tailored to your particular body and needs. From the “twisting and popping” to drop tables and low-force adjustments. AND of course, MUSCLE WORK!
Massage therapy works the muscles and tendons of the body. Different techniques are used to manipulate the muscles and tendons that are affected by inflammation or pain. Within the clinic, we use techniques like trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, cross-friction massage, and cupping to name a few.
The Tandem Affect
Your nervous system is the master system of the body. It sends messages through the spinal cord to your muscles. These messages tell your muscles to function correctly through coordinated movements and timing. When we have subluxations and inflammation within our muscles and nervous system, our body does not function the way it was designed to function. By reducing this inflammation through chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy, you are allowing optimal function and communication throughout the body. After receiving a massage, your muscles are loosened up, which in turn, can make for a more effective chiropractic treatment, pain relief lasts longer, and soft tissues heal quicker.
Along with improved nervous system function, reduced inflammation, and relief from pain, routine chiropractic care and massage therapy can improve immune system function, increase blood flow, increase flexibility and range of motion, and correct abnormal posture.
That, my friends, is why regular massage therapy and routine chiropractic care make up the perfect duo for wellness. Schedule your massage and chiropractic appointment together, and keep your body functioning at its optimal performance.
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