Massage Therapy

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Massage Therapy

Combining chiropractic care with massage therapy is a common and complementary approach to address musculoskeletal issues. Chiropractic care focuses on the spine and nervous system, aiming to correct misalignments (subluxations) through adjustments. This can improve joint function and alleviate pain. Massage therapy targets muscles and soft tissues, releasing tension, reducing knots, and improving flexibility. It complements chiropractic adjustments by promoting muscle relaxation.

Together, they can offer a more comprehensive approach to address issues such as back pain, neck pain, and joint stiffness. Chiropractic adjustments may help realign the spine, while massage therapy can address associated muscle tension.

The goal of a massage is to promote physical and mental well-being through the manipulation of soft tissues in the body. Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on targeting deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. It’s used to address specific areas of tension, chronic pain, and muscle knots. 

Here's what you should know about deep tissue massage:

Deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper muscle layers. The therapist may use their fingers, hands, elbows, and even forearms to apply sustained pressure.

  • Pain Relief: Deep tissue massage can help alleviate chronic pain, such as lower back pain, stiff neck, and sore shoulders.
  • Muscle Tension: It’s effective at releasing muscle tension and knots by breaking up adhesions and scar tissue.
  • Improved Mobility: By targeting deeper layers, deep tissue massage can enhance range of motion and flexibility.
  • Posture Improvement: Massages can help correct posture issues caused by muscle imbalances.
  • Injury Recovery: It’s often used as part of rehabilitation from injuries, helping to improve blood circulation and promote healing.
  • Improved Circulation: The manipulation of tissues enhances blood flow, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to cells while aiding in the removal of waste products.
  • Stress Reduction: While deep tissue massage is more focused and intense, it can still induce relaxation and a sense of well-being.
  • Enhanced Immune Function: Some studies suggest that regular massage may positively impact the immune system.
  • Mood Improvement: The relaxation induced by massage can have positive effects on mental well-being, reducing anxiety and promoting a sense of calm.
  • Better Sleep: Regular massages may help improve sleep quality and duration.

Deep tissue massage may cause some discomfort or “good pain” as the therapist works on deeper layers. It’s important to communicate with your therapist about your comfort level, as they can adjust pressure accordingly.

After a deep tissue massage, you might experience some soreness or tenderness for a day or two. Drinking plenty of water can help flush out toxins released during the massage and minimise any discomfort. Ice and heat therapy will help with inflammation and heal and soothe sore muscles.

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