Turn To Massage Therapy When Experiencing Soreness, Aches, and Tightness
Did you know that massage therapy is often used in conjunction with chiropractic care to provide pain relief? Neuromuscular massage therapy can help those with musculoskeletal and nervous system ailments get back to their activities of daily living.
Therapeutic massages are designed to alleviate musculoskeletal pain, such as that experienced in the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, as well as reduce tension and lower stress. Some of the most common conditions treated on a day-to-day basis are pain and inflammation, limited range of motion, soft tissue injuries and headaches.
In neuromuscular massage therapy, also referred to as trigger point therapy, the massage therapist will apply different levels of pressure on muscles, tendons, and ligaments to address muscle spasms. While trigger points may exist in one part of the body, they can radiate pain to other areas. For example, neck pain could actually be referred pain from a trigger point in the back. Likewise, a headache may be the result of muscle spasms in the neck. Trigger point therapy strives to locate the source of the pain to alleviate symptoms.
Besides increasing blood circulation, deep neuromuscular massage therapy breaks apart muscle adhesions, or knots, and scar tissue to encourage the body to heal properly. Massage therapy helps reactivate muscles that aren’t properly functioning. By mobilizing lesser-used muscles, the massage therapist can train the body to use them differently, reducing the strain placed on injured soft tissues so they can begin the healing process.
As complementary healthcare modalities, chiropractic care and massage therapy share a similar goal – to help the patient achieve a high level of wellness. While chiropractors correct structural issues that cause pain and limit mobility, massage therapists stretch and relax muscles aggravated by neuromusculoskeletal problems. Together, they can collaborate to develop a treatment plan to accommodate the patient’s needs and address his or her issues in an efficient, effective manner.
From injuries to difficulty sleeping, massage therapists can help regulate blood pressure and decrease pain levels, maximizing the benefits that patients receive from chiropractic care. At Irondequoit Chiropractic Center, chiropractors and licensed massage therapists work together to find the right combination of chiropractic adjustments and massage for patients, offering the most targeted treatment available. Contact the office at 585-467-7070 to learn more about their massage therapy and chiropractic care.