A massage and chiropractic appointment seem like two services that are so different they shouldn’t be paired together. Chiropractors align the body, while massages offer relaxation and stress relief, but what if we told you that instead of going together like oil and water, they actually go together more like peanut butter and jelly.
When you pair the two together you are receiving integrative care for living your extraordinary life which is what we are all about at Axcess Accident Center. We create integrated approaches that when paired together help each service operate at the maximum level possible for healing, pain relief, and getting you back to living your extraordinary life. What do the benefits of these services paired together look like? Let’s find out.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
When you think of massages, you typically think of a relaxing day at the spa, but what you may not realize are the effects that massage has on your body from a health and wellness standpoint. Massage therapy is not only relaxing, it gets to the root of your pain by loosening up tight muscles that pull on your joints and ligaments. Massage therapy also helps:
- Improve your blood circulation
- Increase your range of motion
- Temporarily relieve musculoskeletal pain
- Improve muscle flexibility
- Create overall muscle relaxation to reduce tension
- Release toxins
As you can see, what is thought to be nothing more than a relaxing, stress-relieving activity, actually has a very deep-rooted effect on your overall health and healing.
How Massage Therapy Helps Your Muscles Recover
When massage therapy begins to relax you it is also helping to relieve pain and tension that was caused by injuries. The increased blood circulation helps get the nutrients to the muscles they haven’t been able to get to by releasing tension and allowing the blood to flow naturally back into your muscles to further benefit and help the healing process, all while releasing toxins in the process. So, the next time your spouse complains about your trips to the massage therapist, remind them of all the healing benefits that come along with it, and that you’re simply prioritizing your overall health and wellbeing.
Also if you get a membership at Axcess, the massages don’t have to cost quite as much!
What are the benefits of chiropractic work?
Seeing a chiropractor is more than just back popping and being twisted like a fresh pretzel, the pain relief, and long-term benefits are the salty goodness on top! Throw in a spinal chiropractic adjustment and you’re looking at relief from a quick onset of pain to long-term preventative care and overall wellness. An adjustment will also help any misalignment in your spine or neck that is causing additional muscle tension, including headaches, discomfort, and the impact stress has on your body.
Oftentimes once you have been injured it will feel as though your pain isn’t really “that bad,” but over the next few days, your discomfort and pain typically increase. This is where chiropractic care really comes into play to get you the most relief possible. Any level of pain or discomfort in your neck, back, or low back, shoulders, arms, hips can impact your ability to go about and enjoy your daily life.
How do they work together?
Now that you know how each service works alone, it’s time to look at the magic they create when paired together. Massages loosens up the muscles that are pulling on your joints and ligaments and when your muscles are tight it can be difficult to adjust your spine. Having a massage prior to a chiropractic appointment gives the advantage of loose muscles to your chiropractor where they can more effectively adjust and manipulate your spine making your adjustment overall easier and more effective.
When your joints and bones are out of place, your muscles start to develop pain, in working through a massage and following it up with a chiropractic appointment we are able to get to the core of what is really taking place. If we were to focus solely on massage therapy as a method of treatment, we wouldn’t get the benefits of the chiropractic work, and vice versa. Using an integrated plan of chiropractic treatment and massage therapy allows us to work on multiple areas for a more effective treatment.
For example, if you have a muscle that is pulling your rib out of place, you cannot simply get a massage and the problem is going to be fixed. A massage doesn’t realign our bones, but it will loosen the muscles enough to allow us to get the rib bone aligned with limited force and allows us to treat the pain in a holistic way without medications.
If you are suffering from pain after an accident or injury, integrative chiropractic and massage therapy may be a good option for you. Oftentimes a small amount of discomfort is a sign of a much bigger problem if the pain continues and is left untreated then it can lead to long-term problems and an integrative approach to your care offers quick relief and long-term results.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident and are looking for help to get back to living your extraordinary life, contact us today by visiting https://axcessac.com/contact-us/ or by calling (801) 701-8222. Chiropractic, Massage, Decompression, Ozone Injections, & Acupuncture are currently offered at our American Fork, Provo, Spanish Fork locations & West Valley Locations.