A chiropractic massage is an excellent method for improving your overall health and musculoskeletal efficiency. In particular, it offers a variety of beneficial effects—including the removal of toxins that can build up in muscles, a rise in circulation and an increase in flexibility (not only in muscles, but the connective tissue within the body as well).

At the same time, massage can offer assistance with muscle spasms, soft tissue injuries and balance. Furthermore, by increasing movement and reducing overall recovery time, massage can also help bodies heal faster from virtually any type of injury.

Finally, chiropractic massage has also been proven to assist in the healing of a large number of medical conditions, including back pain, surgery recovery, eating and sleep disorders, high blood pressure and diabetes. As a result, the body can eventually return to its natural state, via increased healing capabilities.

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Preventative

Consistent, manual massage (at least once per month) also has a host of preventative benefits. To prevent disease, you must take a comprehensive approach that includes exercise, massage therapy, nutrition and overall chiropractic care. By maintaining this mentality and regimen, you will have a significantly higher chance of relieving stress and minimizing injury and pain. Not to mention, your ability to fend off disease will increase considerably, as your body will once again be in top form!

Recommendations

Chiropractic Massage Therapy is currently recommended for a number of conditions, including, but not limited to: arthritis, fibromyalgia, immune system issues, insomnia and muscle spasms. It remains an excellent method to help your body heal itself and remove any potential toxins that build up in your system.

Areas of Massage Therapy

Lymphatic Massage

The Lymphatic system has one particular mission: to detoxify bodily fluids before they’re circulated into the blood stream. To do so, it moves fluids through the body and into the liver. If this doesn’t occur properly, toxemia and swelling will likely occur as a result. To reduce muscle swelling (and increase blood flow, which, in turn, supports proper Lymphatic system functioning), patients should consider receiving Lymphatic massages.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release involves the application of gentle, sustained pressure to Myofascial connective tissue restrictions. This massage relaxes contracted muscles and increases venous and lymphatic drainage, as the release treats somatic dysfunction and relieves any accompanying pain and limited range of motion.

Sports Massage

Though originally designed to help athletes perform to the best of their abilities during games, sports massage’s popularity is growing. Not only is it an effective treatment for sport-related injuries, but it also offers relief for limited range of motion—for people of all ages and fitness levels.

In particular, sports massage focuses on a client’s trouble spots, such as shoulder soreness after 18 holes of golf, or a tender hamstring just before a big race. With this in mind, sports massage therapists understand sport-related injuries and can help minimize pain, increase the speed of recovery and help clients perform their best at their favorite activities (with a full range of motion).

There are four variations of sports massage. The choice of the “right” one is based on the client’s current level of discomfort and upcoming athletic events:

  • A pre-event sports massage involves a vigorous and stimulating Swedish massage that targets the muscles that will be used during upcoming events, thereby boosting circulation and revving up energy levels with brisk massage techniques that invigorate.
  • A post-event sports massage, meanwhile, is designed to help athletes wind down after intense physical exertion, targets muscle soreness and helps to normalize body tissues and prevent future muscle stiffness.
  • Restorative sports massage, on the other hand, is provided during training to maintain athletes’ peak performance levels. Since muscles are kept warm and supple, athletes can have more intense exertion during training time, while also minimizing their risk of injury.
  • Finally, rehabilitative sports massage is aimed at treating sports injuries and increasing the timeliness of recovery. Targeted at a specific trouble spot, rehabilitative sports massage helps to increase circulation and protect a range of motion.
Rehabilitative Massage

Rehabilitative massage is designed to heal injuries and restore a full range of motion. Active Release, Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular Therapy are some examples of rehabilitative massage techniques that locate the sources of spasms and tension. The therapist will focus on these muscles to restore them to their natural state.

Deep Tissue Massage

While many massage techniques induce relaxation with soothing and gentle kneading, deep tissue massage involves more intense muscle manipulation, while also offering proven healing methods that can restore mobility and relieve chronic pain.

Unlike most traditional massages that promote whole-body relaxation, deep tissue massage is often used to target specific trouble spots after accidents or injuries have led to stiffness and soreness, as in instances of whiplash or falls. Patients with repetitive- strain injuries, such as  carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as conditions like fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, (which can cause achiness, inflammation and limited ease of movement) can benefit from deep tissue massage therapy, . Chronic pain, muscle spasms and tenderness (particularly during recovery after an accident) can all be effectively treated with therapeutic deep tissue massage as well.

Before patients receive a deep tissue massage, a trained and certified massage therapist will discuss their accident, injury or complaints of generalized stiffness to acquire  an understanding of how the pain or injury is impacting their daily living—and also learn what he or she is hoping to gain from the massage therapy. The massage itself will be customized to the specific needs of the client, focusing on the stiff, sore and achy areas that are most concerning.

Deep tissue massage typically works by breaking down muscle adhesions, which often build up after accidents (or are the result of a chronic illness). By applying intense, controlled pressure and friction to afflicted areas across the grain of muscles, deep tissue massage relaxes rigid tissue and relieves the pain associated with stiff muscles, ligaments and tendons.

It is important to remember that deep tissue massage may cause some discomfort. With this in mind, therapists encourage their clients to keep them informed about their comfort levels and pain tolerances during their deep tissue therapy. In addition, clients may also be encouraged to apply ice to tender spots following their deep tissue massages. Some soreness, especially the day after a deep tissue massage occurs, can be expected, though the discomfort should end within a day.

Prenatal / Pregnancy Massage

Every pregnancy massage has one particular goal—to attend to the unique needs of expectant mothers. Specially trained to tailor their massage techniques to help alleviate common pregnancy complains, certified pregnancy massage therapists protect both mothers and children during their massages.

Pregnancy massage is unique, primarily in its application. During the massage, the expectant mother is carefully supported by cushions and pillows to provide superior comfort and protect her and her baby from strain or injury. Pregnancy massage is also especially gentle, and deep tissue techniques are never used as a safety precaution. Many areas of the body are avoided during pregnancy massage to protect mothers and children, as extra attention is given to areas of the body that are particularly affected by pregnancy, including the feet and back. To further protect mothers and babies, pregnancy massage is not advised during the first trimester, but can provide welcomed relief later on, especially during the last few months of pregnancies.

The benefits of pregnancy massage are numerous as well. For example, the gentle kneading massage can be supremely comforting (both physically and emotionally) to an expectant mother, while the psychological benefit itself can be quite therapeutic. In addition to stress and anxiety reduction, pregnancy massage can also help reduce expectant mothers’ common aches and annoyances, such as swollen ankles and lower back pain.

Youth Massage

For children of all ages, physical touch is extremely beneficial. A lack of physical contact can lead to failure to thrive, as well as depression and emotional disorders in growing children. Simply put, youth massage is a beautiful gift to provide to any child.

For centuries, infant massage has been regarded as a vital aspect of a healthy life. Touch is one of the first senses to develop in newborns, and babies typically respond positively to human touch—both physically and emotionally. Massage therapists (trained in infant massage) understand the special needs of small children and provide soothing massages that are not only nurturing, but also enjoyable to babies.

Children of all ages can also benefit from regular massages as stress reducers. Stress has been linked to immune system functionality, and regular massage has proven benefits in combating illness—from asthma to eczema—by boosting immunity and reducing stress. In addition, youth massage provides much-needed human touch, which helps promote healthy emotional development.

Children with special needs can also benefit greatly from regular massage. For instance, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be regulated with massages by trained youth massage therapists. In fact, many clients report an increase in their ability to focus and maintain better self-control in school, via the help of massages. Of equal importance, youth massage can also help children fall asleep more easily, sleep more soundly and enjoy more alertness all day long.