Used in conjunction with other chiropractic techniques, massage therapy can play a powerful role in addressing a wide variety of spinal concerns. At Mesa Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, located in Mesa, Arizona, massage therapy is one of many available services we use to help improve our patients’ overall health and wellness.
Massage Therapy Q & A
What is the difference between chiropractic massage and relaxation massage?
There are many similarities between massage services from a spa and those that are performed by the trained staff in our office. Both approaches make use of hands-on massage techniques to make changes in the tissues of the body. That said, there are critical differences between a spa massage and the type of therapeutic massage patients receive from our staff. Spa massages are typically focused on the relaxation of the whole body, while our massages are targeted to the specific problem areas of each patient. Every massage that we administer is tailored to help patients heal by reducing muscle tension, promoting relaxation, relieving stress on the body, increasing range of motion and decreasing pain. Our staff has extensive education and training in massage skills and techniques and all of them have at least two years experience in the field. In addition, our chiropractors work with the staff to make sure that they have a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles within the human body. This knowledge enables them to perform targeted massage techniques that create long-lasting benefits.
How can massage address chiropractic issues and promote healing?
Massage has a number of benefits when it comes to chiropractic care. Therapeutic massage services can relax tensed muscles, which can set the stage to undo damage caused by poor posture or repetitive stress injuries. In addition, massage has a number of benefits to the circulatory system. Improved circulation can help prompt the body’s natural healing process, which can in turn speed recovery from illness or injury. Many of our patients have enjoyed added benefits from including massage therapy in their rehabilitative program.
Can massage improve the efficacy of spinal adjustments?
When a patient has reached a state of severe muscle tension, massage therapy in conjunction with spinal adjustments can greatly increase the benefits of chiropractic care. Once massage techniques have relaxed the soft tissues surrounding the spine, the body is primed to accept the full benefit of the chiropractic adjustment. As with so many aspects of chiropractic care, massage therapy is most powerful when used in combination with other techniques.