Chiropractic and Massage Therapy
Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are just a few of the painful and distressing conditions that affect most of us at some time. Chiropractic and Massage Therapy, used in combination, form a powerful healing approach that addresses pain on many levels. Whether your pain is the result of traumatic injury, overuse, and stress or is of unknown origin, chiropractic alone or combined with massage therapy and/or proper nutrition can greatly speed your return to a pain-free, productive life.
Chiropractic Care for your Pain
Both long-term muscle tension and sudden impacts, such as a fall or car accident, can pull and hold your joints out of normal alignment. These misalignment's called subluxations can disrupt nerve transmissions, especially in the spine, which houses nerves affecting the entire body. The result can be pain or other symptoms, such as numbness or tingling, either at the site of the misalignment and/or frequently at related sites elsewhere in the body. Sometimes there is no pain, however, and the effect can be on a deeper level, affecting other areas of the body such as fatigue, digestive system problems or insomnia.
Our chiropractors use manual, light force, or table assisted adjustments to make spinal corrections. Often, this restores balance within the body, allowing a return towards optimal, pain-free health, with expected, and improved, overall function and mobility.
Soft Tissue Components of Your Pain
Joint subluxations can be achy and troublesome enough on their own, and are almost always accompanied by tension or injury in your soft tissue: muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (connective tissue that permeates muscles and forms protective sheets throughout the body). Soft tissue pain can actually spread because it causes protective muscle tightening in surrounding areas. Over time, inflamed muscles and fascia (together called myofascia) suffer from poor circulation and can develop glue-like myofascial adhesion's, which prevent muscles from lengthening completely. Painful trigger points can also develop, often referring pain or tingling to other areas in the body. Trigger points usually result from vertebral subluxations and can be easily corrected with chiropractic adjustments.
Why Soft Tissue is Important
Addressing soft tissue problems is an important complement to chiropractic care. This is because muscles move joints, while ligaments and fascia support them. If a spinal subluxation is adjusted without addressing related soft tissue problems, you may still experience pain. In addition, tight muscles and shortened fascia can pull a joint out of alignment again, after chiropractic adjustments have been performed. Massage for Healthier Soft Tissue Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to address soft tissue problems. Gentle kneading and stretching lengthens contracted muscles and fascia.
Techniques such as sustained pressure, ice massage, and stretching can release trigger points. Painful sprains and strains as well as myofascial adhesion's can be addressed directly with massage techniques that improve circulation and stimulate healing of injured fibers. In general, massage increases circulation, which can reduce painful swelling and inflammation. Massage promotes healing by removing waste products and by bringing nutrients to your tissues, like a sponge absorbing water, both fascia and muscles begin to soften and lengthen.
Maintaining Everyday Good Health
Both massage and chiropractic offer preventative care to support ongoing good health and well-being. A timely visit to your chiropractor can reestablish normal alignment and mobility before secondary soft tissue problems develop. Regular massage therapy can release chronically contracted muscled and fascia, improving the balance among muscle groups and promoting healthful circulation. Your body should become more resilient during times of daily stress, less prone to injury and less prone to spinal subluxation. Finally, massage therapy triggers the body's relaxation response, interrupting a cycle of stress and muscle tension that can build in response to life's challenges. Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after a massage, you are less likely to slip into patterns of tension that can contribute to soft tissue problems and spinal subluxations.