What is medical massage and what makes it different from therapeutic massage? Think of medical massage as an outcome-based alternative therapy that is used to address a particular condition. Medical massage uses whatever style of massage the chiropractor knows and applies that technique to specific conditions to bring about specific outcomes.
The goal is to relieve your pain by applying pressure to painful areas or to other areas on your body that will alleviate the pain you are experiencing. Medical massage is gaining popularity, and now many renown and progressive hospitals have medical massage therapists on staff.
At Kouimanis Chiropractic, massage is often used in combination with other treatment options, including both chiropractic care, such as readjustments and realignments of the spine, and physical therapy. We may also recommend dietary or lifestyle changes, such as getting more sleep, reducing stress, or exercising on a regular basis.
Many conditions improve after introducing medical massage as another treatment option. Medical massage certainly helps patients with chronic pain, like arthritis and it helps those who have acute pain after an accident.
Some conditions include:
What makes medical massage a healthy option for pain reduction? Well, it is non-invasive and has relatively few risks, unlike the use of prescription medications or surgery. It is true that sometimes, massage can be uncomfortable or even painful because the chiropractor is manipulating muscles and soft tissues to alleviate pain.
When you come to Kouimanis Chiropractic for your medical massage, Dr. Steven Kouimanis, will take a full health history and perform a physical exam to ensure that massage is an appropriate treatment option. If it is, he will guide you through what to expect during your medical massage.
Chronic or acute pain is hard to live with on a daily basis. It may be time to have Dr. Steven Kouimanis review your symptoms to see if medical massage can relieve your pain without relying on prescription drugs or surgery. Find out if medical massage is a treatment option for you by talking with us at Kouimanis Chiropractic today. Call us at the office at 219-662-9090, or send us a message on our website.