As many people unfortunately know, a misaligned spine can cause a myriad of health problems, from headaches to sciatica, neck pain to lumbago and so much more. That’s why many people suffering from these problems seek out chiropractic care because chiropractors are spine specialists who have a proven, decades-long track record of providing superior, drug-free pain relief.
However, since some of the first problems a misaligned (or “subluxated”) spine can cause are muscle spasms, cramping and tension, many chiropractors offer massage therapy in their practice as well, because the two health-related practices work so well together.
Here’s a fact: spine problems cause pain. Neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, joint pain and, well, many other pains. The question is, where exactly is the pain? The answer, in most cases, is that the spine is putting pressure on a nerve, and that nerve (or, usually, several nerves) is causing spasms, weakness, cramping, and tension in the muscles, which is where the pain is actually coming from.
What do chiropractors do to stop this pain and return your body to a healthy, pain-free state? They correct the misaligned (subluxated) spinal vertebra, which takes the pressure off the nerve and, conversely, allows the muscles to relax. The thing is, this doesn’t happen overnight, and since most chiropractic treatment plans last several days or weeks, the pain can linger for quite a while. So, to help calm the pain more quickly, chiropractors offer massage therapy.
Massage therapy specifically addresses the muscles, helping them to relax and calm down, thus reducing pain while the spine is being ‘fixed,’ so to speak. It doesn’t address the exact cause of the pain (the nerves being ‘pinched’ or compressed), but definitely affords a lot of pain relief.
The main reason you find chiropractic clinics offering massage therapy is simply that the two treatments work so darn well together. The chiropractor takes care of the spine while the massage therapist takes care of the muscles, providing pain relief that’s safe, non-invasive and gentle, even for children and more mature patients.
Most patients who have received both will tell you that, after a chiropractic ‘adjustment’ and a massage, they feel amazing, with less stress, less pain, and more flexibility. Yes, chiropractic alone can and does work, but most chiropractors will tell you that chiropractic care and massage therapy together are a match made in heaven, affording immediate relief in the short-term and a return to normal, healthy living in the long term.
At Kouimanis Chiropractic we realize that a good mix of therapies in combination with chiropractic care can offer the fastest relief from pain due to accidents, falls, sports injuries, whiplash, stress and poor posture, among other things.
That’s why we offer chiropractic, massage therapy and specialized treatments for sports injuries, headaches and more in our Crown Point clinic so that patients get the pain relief they seek and the long-term health benefits they deserve to live a healthy, pain-free life, and do it without risky drugs and surgeries.
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