Chiropractic treatment and massage therapy go hand in hand. In fact, many chiropractic offices employ an in-house massage therapist to provide a complete regimen of treatment to patients, including here at Advanced Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Ambler, PA.
There are several different types of massage which can be used during your visit. Today we’ll discuss the benefits of deep tissue massage when pursuing the holistic healing approach associated with chiropractic care.
The goal of deep tissue massage is to realign deep layers of muscle and tissue. A licensed massage therapist might perform a deep tissue massage if you have suffered from a trauma or are dealing with chronic pain; its goal is healing, not necessarily relaxation, much like other, traditional forms of massage. Your therapist will apply strong, heavy pressure to target muscles in your body, in an attempt to relieve pressure and allow your body to release tension.
When considering the combination of deep tissue massage and chiropractic care, it’s important to understand how damage or injury to your musculoskeletal system can affect your muscular system. When suffering from chronic pain due to misalignment or injury, your body will overcompensate to protect the injured area or avoid experiencing that pain. This causes your muscles to work in ways they may not have been intended to do, by supporting your newly adopted posture, walking stance, or body position. Over time, these muscles become tense and, sometimes, damaged.
Oftentimes, after your initial exam, Dr. Richard Schwartz will recommend that you book a deep tissue massage before a chiropractic adjustment. This will allow your muscles to relax and release pent-up tension, which will in turn lead to a more effective adjustment. However, depending on your particular diagnosis and treatment plan, a massage might be scheduled after your adjustment, since this will allow your musculoskeletal system to relax and free up your muscular system to its own release.