Massage therapy and chiropractic care are both fantastic treatments modalities to improve one’s function as well as improve our overall well being. They are both also proven to be excellent at restoring loss of mobility, relieving pain and combating stress. When used in combination together, these therapies compliment each other brilliantly!
Massage therapists use a myriad of techniques to breakdown stress and tension held in our muscles and the other soft tissues of the body. This increases circulation of blood and lymph which is very important to help keep our immune system strong and healthy.
Chiropractors primarily focus on identifying and alleviating interference within your nervous system by keeping your spine and extremities free from restrictions. Maintaining a regular schedule of appointments of both modalities can hugely reduce the effects of daily stresses, injuries and aging in general. We find those who make a point of using these natural modalities together tend to have fewer complaints in general. They are able to enjoy all their hobbies and activities fully, and therefore tend to be happier and able to effortlessly deal with life’s little stressors! This is the complete opposite to those who might only present to us when they’ve left things so long that their bodies have gone on strike!
Chiropractic- Before or After?
While massage therapy focuses on the soft tissues, chiropractic care centers on the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. The truth is, it doesn’t make a difference to us if you have chiropractic or massage first. It is down to personal preference. Some think they like to feel more relaxed for an adjustment after a massage, and some like to have their adjustment first and then go for a relaxing, therapeutic massage after. There is no right or wrong – it’s win-win! Receiving chiropractic care either before or after a therapeutic massage increases the effectiveness of both treatments, improving range of motion, promoting faster healing, extending the length of both treatment benefits, and improving overall function.