Regular chiropractic and massage treatments are not just for relieving pain. They can be part of a healthy lifestyle and injury prevention.
Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in musculoskeletal health, as well as its impact on the nervous system and overall wellness. Chiropractors approach healthcare from a drug-free perspective. They practice hands-on therapies, and they can recommend exercises, stretches, nutritional, and dietary counseling. Chiropractic care looks at the individual holistically, and it aims to prevent issues and resolve underlying problems. Chiropractors can recommend ergonomic changes in a patient’s lifestyle to help reduce repetitive stressors and injuries. The treatments and spinal manipulations can help adjust the spine, joints, and tissues, restoring mobility and alleviating muscle pain and tightness. Chiropractors adapt their treatment to the individual patient’s needs. They do not necessarily have to be seen only when there is back pain, neck pain, joint pain, or headaches.1 Chiropractors can not only treat a variety of other systemic conditions, but they can also be helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They can treat infants and children, as well as adults and the elderly. Chiropractic care can improve the functioning of the nervous system, provide preventative care, and improve the immune system. Maintaining alignment can help prevent many injuries and illnesses. There are many athletes who tout chiropractic as being a factor in improving their performances.2
Some chiropractic offices, such as Carson Chiropractic, offer massage therapy.3 Massage has been used for thousands of years. When provided by a trained professional, it has few risks, and it is another drug-free, hands-on therapy. Massage is also considered a CAM (Complementary and AlternativeMedicine). Massage can be used for pain management, sports injuries, stress reduction, anxiety, and depression. It can also be helpful as part of a healthy lifestyle.4 Massage therapy, like chiropractic, has many different techniques tailored toward the individual’s needs. Swedish massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage, and trigger point massage (for myofascial trigger points/knots), are some of the types of therapies available. Massage therapists are available in many different settings, and some travel to the client. Massage therapy can reduce blood pressure and heart rate. It is thought that massage can provide stimulation that can help “block pain signals to the brain”, or it may release endorphins or serotonin.5 Massage can be beneficial to clients of all ages. It can also enhance immunity in premature babies, improve blood pressure in the elderly, and reduce the anxiety and stress in cancer patients.6
Learn more about massage therapy with chiropractic care.