Massage is a great complement to Chiropractic. While the Chiropractic adjustment corrects the alignment of the bones, massage therapy encourages the soft tissue to heal by increasing blood flow to the area, making the recovery time shorter.
In Newsweek, April 6, 1998, Tiffany Field, Ph.D., founder of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine, “[These benefits] put massage in the same category with proper diet and exercise as something that helps maintain overall health.” (Newsweek, April 6, 1998)
The benefit you receive depends upon the technique used, relaxation massage is very different from a massage to treat injury or improve alignment. So be sure to talk to your massage therapist and ask if that is what they offer.
The Benefits of Massage
Massage relieves stress by bringing about the relaxation response, which includes reducing blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and the level of stress hormones (such as adrenaline and cortisol) in the body.
Massage benefits blood and lymph circulation by increasing the flow, encouraging better exchange of nutrients at the cellular level, and promoting detoxification. This is important because the “future you” is determined by how well your cells regenerate today. Increased circulation also helps both prevent and relieve muscle tension. Lack of circulation can lead to chronically tight muscles. in turn, constantly tight muscles slow circulation and do not receive enough nutrients.
Easier Movement with less risk of Injury
Massage relaxes muscles, enhances tissue elasticity and flexibility, and increases range of motion in joints. A flexible and relaxed body is better able to handle any movement you make, even the sudden, unexpected ones.
And More Helpful Massage Benefits
Massage improves the immune system. Massage improves sleep patterns (sleep deprivation is a huge problem and the cause of many vehicle accidents). Massage promotes deeper, easier breathing and delivers more oxygen to the cells. Massage reduces anxiety and mental stress, creates a calmer, clearer mind. Massage speeds recovery from exercise by helping remove waste products from muscle cells.
Massage relieves muscle aches and pains which drain away energy that you could be using to pursue other activities.tter Posture and Alignment
The body works best when it is aligned properly. Better alignment means you move easier and are less likely to experience pain and injury. In part, proper alignment means that your shoulders are level, your hips are level, your knees are directly over your ankles, and your feet point straight forward. Poor alignment stresses your body. Think how tires wear down if they aren’t aligned properly. Now think about how if (for example) one hip is forward of the other, it creates torque in the body that stresses muscles and wears away cartilage in joints.