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Combining Chiropractic and Massage Therapy

By Debra Rodzinak

Why choose between chiropractic care and massage therapy? Just choose both! Combining both chiropractic and massage can speed up recovery time for those suffering from sore muscles or other medical issues. Recent polls of people who use both therapies have found that they found relief from issues such as insomnia, back pain, arthritis, and other issues.

Relief of Soreness

When I was training for my half marathon, I added CrossFit to my exercise regime to strengthen my muscles. Needless to say, I was sore all the time. I was worried about injury and soon discovered that I had knots developing on the side of my leg (a common problem with runners suffering with IT band issues) that my foam roller would not eliminate. 

I went to a massage therapist and she suggested that I visit the chiropractor in addition to having my weekly massage. Chiropractor? But my back doesn’t hurt. I complied and was shocked to find out that one of my legs was shorter than the other one. This shortness led to a tilt in my hip that caused the tightening of my IT band which led to the knots. 

By combining my weekly massage therapy with several visits to the chiropractor, I soon found that my legs and hips were much looser and my pace per mile actually got shorter. I was more than pleased.  An added bonus was that the soreness I was feeling soon subsided and I also got stronger.    

Combining Chiropractic and Massage Therapy

When combined together, chiropractic and massage therapy provide a complete and efficient system of treatment. Whatever your physical problems may be, combining these two types of care together can increase your overall quality of life and help maintain optimum health for patients.

Why They Work Well Together

Chiropractic focuses on the hard tissue of the body (vertebrae and joints of the spine) while massage focuses on the soft tissues (muscles) of the body. By targeting both the hard and soft tissues, a faster and more overall complete recovery is achieved. 

Massages work well with chiropractic because of the relaxation factor. After a massage, a chiropractic patient is more relaxed and less anxious. This allows the chiropractor to better adjust the joints and spine. Relaxed muscles also won’t pull the joints back out of alignment due to the release of muscle tension.

After visiting your preferred massage therapist, come by The Joint for a gentle all natural adjustment to find relief for your aches and pains. With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, The Joint makes adding chiropractic treatment to your massage therapy a snap!


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