Massage therapy has become extremely popular. There are many different styles of massage and this treatment is used by various health care disciplines. You might receive massage from a massage therapist, a physical therapist, or a chiropractor. Here’s how ANEW Medical Rehabilitation of Joliet uses massage in combination with chiropractic treatment to help relieve pain, restore function, and promote wellness.
Why a Chiropractor Uses Massage
Both massage and adjustments help reduce inflammation in nerves and muscles. Massage loosens muscles, which makes chiropractic adjustments more effective. Once the joints have been realigned, massage can promote faster healing. In addition, combining massage with chiropractic care can improve immune system function, increase blood flow and flexibility, and improve your overall range of motion. Massage has also been used to help treat pain from joint replacement surgery, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and fibromyalgia.
With around 80 different styles to choose from, this therapy offers wide-ranging benefits. A chiropractor might use long, smooth strokes, quick taps, or deep pressure, depending on the problems. Massage can be used for relaxation and stress control or to loosen tight fascia (the covering over a muscle). Oils and lotions may be used in combination with the massage. Swedish massage and deep tissue massage are two commonly-used systems. Shiatsu and Thais massage combine acupressure with massage. Massage can also be used to relieve discomforts associated with pregnancy, such as back pain or loss of flexibility.
Massage vs. Chiropractic
Therapeutic massage, such as that performed by a chiropractor, is not the same as general massage therapy. Although both can be relaxing, they have different goals. A chiropractor uses massage in combination with chiropractic adjustments to treat conditions such as back pain or headaches. Massage can help people with painful conditions such as knee pain by decreasing pain and stiffness, and improving function. However, massage alone will not correct misalignment in the spine or joints. In addition, a chiropractor can analyze your posture and gait to identify problems that can be making your pain worse.
At ANEW Medical and Rehabilitation in Joliet, we offer a wide variety of chiropractic treatments, including massage. Among these are spinal adjustments, corrective exercises, spinal and postural screenings. We can provide nutritional counseling, lifestyle advice, cold laser therapy, physiotherapy, and TMJ treatment. Please contact us at 815-205-0203 or come into the office, located at 115 Republic Avenue, in Joliet. We offer extended and Saturday hours for your convenience.