Massage Therapy at our Chiropractic Clinic
Many people automatically feel relaxed by the mere thought of a soothing massage. However, you should also know that this ancient form of soft tissue manipulation packs quite a therapeutic punch as well.
Massage therapy can help you heal more efficiently, manage chronic pain problems without drugs, and stay on top of stress that might otherwise harm your health. Here at Innovative Chiropractic in Swansea, IL, we frequently prescribe massage therapy alongside chiropractic adjustment and other natural, non-invasive treatment modalities.
How Massage Therapy Heals
Massage therapy offers some major health benefits. The manipulation of skin, muscles, tendons, and fascia (a kind of connective tissue found in all parts of the body) stimulates flood flow, maximizing the availability of oxygen and nutrients. It also helps fluid drain, which reduces swelling, and helps the body remove inflammatory substances. Massage therapy can release pent-up stress, allowing you to sleep better and remain more relaxed during the day. It can even improve your immune response so that you resist disease more effectively.
Massage therapy can treat such diverse conditions and problems as acute injuries, muscle strains, tennis or golfer's elbow, rotator cuff injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, headaches, migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and myofascial pain syndrome. It may also prove useful against mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Different types of massage may suit different objectives. For example, Swedish massage is a light technique that improves circulation and relaxes muscles, while deep tissue therapy treats more stubborn issues such as internal scar tissue formation and deep muscle knots. Pregnancy massage employs especially gentle techniques to ease prenatal discomfort. Sports massage can prepare your muscles for athletic activity or help them recover from that activity.
Why Our Chiropractor Prescribes Massage Therapy
Our chiropractor (who also has training as a physical therapist) works closely with our massage therapist, often combining chiropractic adjustment and massage therapy with other natural healing methods into a personalized, holistic treatment plan. Chiropractic adjustment and massage therapy work particularly well together. Massage relaxes the muscles so that they won't fight back against the adjustments, allowing you to get more benefit from the adjustments. At the same time, chiropractic adjustment can straighten your posture and alignment in ways that take the strain off your muscles and connective tissues.
Other treatment options at our clinic, such as nutritional counseling and cold laser therapy, can enhance your results further, giving you lasting relief without the need for surgery or prescription drugs.
Talk to Our Chiropractor and Physical Therapist
Our chiropractor and physical therapist can help you discover the full benefits of massage therapy. Call our Swansea, IL clinic at 618-234-1455.