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How Can Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Work Together?

By October 26, 2017September 3rd, 2021Chiropractic, Massage Therapy

Very often, massage therapists and chiropractors will work together physically in the same space. Our chiropractic and massage therapy clinic in Victoria, BC is no exception. The two disciplines are different and can stand alone as treatments for a host of conditions. However, like peanut butter and chocolate, sometimes the best results are achieved when two great things are combined.

Learn more about the benefits of combining massage therapy and chiropractic care to help you make an informed treatment decision.

Massage Before Chiropractic

When muscles and connective tissue are protecting an area, chiropractic manipulations can be more difficult because the body is sensitized and resists the intervention. Furthermore, the effect of massage therapy on the nervous system may be enhanced when followed by chiropractic care that focuses on specific rehabilitation principles.

However, we understand that scheduling doesn’t always work out ideally. One of the benefits of working with an integrated care clinic is the ability for the care providers to work together and adjust the individual treatment plan as needed. In some cases, such as those who are prone to muscle spasms after adjustment, the “traditional” wisdom of massage before chiropractic many not even apply. Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider to assess the best treatment plan for your individual needs.

Speedier Recovery Post-Chiropractic Treatment

In days of old, it was believed that chiropractic was a treatment where you would often feel worse before beginning to feel better. It doesn’t have to be that way! When you combine chiropractic and massage therapy, your muscles and connective tissues feel looser and more flexible. This usually means that chiropractic adjustments may require less pressure and torque.

If your massage therapy follows chiropractic adjustment, it can soothe any peripheral soreness that may be brought on by the manipulations. However, if the body is loose and flexible, there may be no noticeable discomfort after chiropractic treatment to speak of at all.

Enhanced Physical Performance

Perhaps the most visible positive effect of the combination of chiropractic and massage therapy is in athletic or physical performance. We know that there are many benefits of massage therapy for athletes like greater range of motion, less discomfort and faster recovery from injury. All of these benefits are enhanced through the skilled attention of a chiropractor. Athletes can achieve peak performance by alleviating discomfort from nagging injuries and working in tandem with an RMT. Victoria athletes and exercise enthusiasts can trust to help them reach the next level.

Lasting Relief of Discomfort

As is often the case when implementing complementary treatment programs, the sum is greater than the parts. Massage therapy and chiropractic both address the same conditions and have an affect on the various tissues of the body.  The methods each profession uses to achieve that goal is different, but the general outcome is the same. Stress strain on nerves within the musculoskeletal system to address stiffness and soreness. When these treatments work together, they can achieve faster results to treat back pain, neck pain, or other discomforts within the body. They can also provide longer lasting results between treatment sessions.

Achieve Health specializes in combining the expertise and experience of health practitioners from four disciplines to deliver a holistic treatment approach that helps our clients achieve and maintain optimal health. Through the correct application of acupuncture, physiotherapy, chiropractic massage therapy, Victoria residents can get more out of life every day. Contact us today or book an appointment online.