Most people generally turn to chiropractic massage therapy when they need relief from their back pain. In fact, reliable reports state that around 22 million Americans visit chiropractors in a year. Of these, more than 35% seek relief from back pain caused by sports injuries, accidents, and muscle strains etc. Other complaints include pain in the neck, arms, and legs and headaches.
Chiropractic practice and massage therapy are complementary therapies that help improve the function of the body, expedite the body´s healing process, and to relieve pain. How do chiropractic care and massage therapy work hand in hand? Well, a massage therapy session relaxes the body and allows the chiropractor to smoothly realign various parts of it.
How does the chiropractic massage therapy work?
A thorough examination of the patient is conducted in the beginning. During this process, the patient has to inform the chiropractor of his/her medical history, ongoing medical conditions, current medications, traumatic/surgical history, and lifestyle factors etc. After taking all the aforementioned factors into consideration and based on the detailed assessment, the chiropractor then formulates a treatment plan based around adjustments of a specific vertebrate that produce individual results, not blanket results.
The patient then undergoes a massage therapy session to relax the body and ease muscle tension. The chiropractor then performs the manipulation or adjustment shortly after.
Regrettably, chiropractic massage may not be the best remedy for everyone especially to those who have spinal cord compression, osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis, or who take blood-thinning medications etc. There is a chance that chiropractic treatment can worsen matters.
On the bright side, the benefits of chiropractic massage far out-weigh its disadvantages or possible risks. The benefits of chiropractic care have been demonstrated time and time again and chiropractic massage has been known to treat arm or wrist pain, sleep disorders, back and neck conditions, arthritis, stress and tension disorders, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, fibromyalgia etc. In addition to that, proper chiropractic car has also been found to help improve nervous system function, provide preventative care, and relieve prenatal discomfort.
Manipulation and adjustments
Manipulation techniques can be described as the introduction of force over multiple spinal segments with a sole purpose of mobilizing the area. Manipulation techniques don´t isolate or focus on a specific vertebrae or joint. It is more of a “one-size-fits-all” motion approach that aims to provide and facilitate global movement.
Unlike manipulation´s blanket approach, adjustments are specific forms of manipulation that target specific problem areas. The patients are first asked to undergo a thorough examination. The chiropractor also gains access to the patient´s medical history, ongoing medical conditions, current medications, traumatic/surgical history, and lifestyle factors etc. Then, based on the detailed assessment, the chiropractor formulates a treatment plan based around adjustments of specific vertebrate that produce individual results, not blanket results. In a nutshell, chiropractic adjustment techniques help restore mobility in the joints, spine, relieves pain, and promotes long-term healing.