One of the most common questions patients ask us is if massage therapy is beneficial or not. In this week’s blog, we will discuss the benefits of massage therapy and identify how co-management with a chiropractor and massage therapist can be achieved.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is a holistic form of treatment used to reduce tension within soft tissue structures such as muscles and joints. Massage can be performed by a massage therapist using their hands, or by someone using an instrument. Although it is convenient to have a massage instrument at home, a massage therapist is qualified to perform deep tissue work whereas an instrument may only provide superficial treatment and temporary relief.
During massage therapy certification, 20+ techniques may be taught in the curriculum. Any additional techniques may be taught in practice or through continuing education. During school, massage therapists are trained to identify patient conditions so they can determine the proper technique(s) to best treat patients.
Massage Therapy Benefits
Everyone can benefit from massage therapy treatment. In addition to its physiological effects, massage therapy is great at reliving stress. Many conditions that individuals suffer from such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety, bronchitis, high blood pressure, insomnia, etc., improve with treatments. Below is a list of massage therapy treatment benefits:
- Reduces muscle tension.
- Improves circulation.
- Stimulates the lymphatic system.
- Reduces stress hormones.
- Increases joint mobility and flexibility.
- Improves skin tone.
- improves recovery of soft tissue injuries.
- Heightens mental alertness.
- Reduces anxiety and depression.
How Can Chiropractors and Massage Therapists Co-treat Patients?
Chiropractors and massage therapists coexist well because their philosophy on patient care is similar. In fact, chiropractic facilities nationwide are bringing in full staff massage therapists as additional services. Patients can get muscle tension reduced by a massage therapist immediately followed by a routine chiropractic adjustment.
One question patient’s ask is what is the difference between the two services? Massage therapists work with soft tissue injuries. They are not licensed to perform spinal manipulation treatment. Beyond that, both professions can work together and perform nervous system optimization.
At our office, we do not currently offer massage therapy services, however, we have a great facility recommendation in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. If you want more details, please let us know.
If you have any questions about the benefits of massage therapy, please feel free to call us at (724) 547-3377 and check out our website at www.drlarrywilkinsspinalcare.com for more blog content.
Yours In Health,
Larry E. Wilkins, DC
Brian M. Steinert, DC