The concept of chiropractic therapy conjures images of spinal adjustments and the tell-tale “pop” that occurs when a vertebra is forced into place by a trained pair of hands. However, many chiropractors have embraced chiropractic massage as an alternative to – or in addition to – manual spine manipulation as a path to the temporary relief of back or neck pain.
No Surgery, No Drugs
The use of chiropractic massage in no way conflicts with the basic philosophy of most chiropractors, which is based on the belief that the body possesses enormous self-healing power and many, if not all, musculoskeletal maladies can be adequately addressed without surgery or even medication. As chiropractic has evolved over the years, many practitioners have moved away from strict adherence to the philosophy of founder Daniel David Palmer, who insisted in 1895 that 95 percent of all diseases are caused by spinal disorders and can be cured or prevented through vertebral adjustments. Today’s chiropractor continues the tradition of treating back or neck problems non-surgically, but most are open to the use of additional conservative methods such as mild pain medication, physical therapy, and massage.
The goal of chiropractic massage is to stimulate blood flow by rubbing, stroking, and kneading targeted muscle groups. Increased blood flow oxygenates the muscles, improving the delivery of key nutrients that help eliminate acids or other waste products that might cause pain or stiffness. There are many types of therapeutic massage to choose from, including:
- Swedish massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Myofascial release
- Trigger point and myotherapy
When Chronic Pain Persists
If massage or other forms of conservative treatment are not enough to manage chronic back or neck pain, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure might help you rediscover your life without back pain. The orthopedic specialists at Laser Spine Institute use safe, effective, endoscopic techniques to treat the symptoms of back and neck conditions such as spinal stenosis, herniated disc, bulging disc, arthritis of the spine and more.