Chiropractic massage — an overview

The concept of chiropractic therapy may make you think of images of someone on a table receiving a manual adjustment that cracks the spine into place. While this part of chiropractic care is essential to the practice, there are many other methods a properly trained chiropractor can use to offer relief as well — including massage.

How chiropractors use therapeutic massage

The use of chiropractic massage fits with the idea of properly adjusting the spine to relieve pressure that is at the core of modern chiropractic medicine. As chiropractic medicine 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. Many chiropractors now continue the tradition of treating back or neck problems nonsurgically, but are open to the use of additional conservative methods such as physical therapy, nutritional counseling 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 relieve pain or stiffness. There are many types of therapeutic massage to choose from, including:

  • Swedish massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Myofascial release
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Shiatsu
  • Reiki

When chronic pain persists

While many people are able to find long-term relief through a comprehensive conservative treatment plan, surgery can become a serious consideration if symptoms remain debilitating after weeks or months. If massage or other forms of nonsurgical treatment are not enough to manage chronic back or neck pain, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery. The orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons at Laser Spine Institute use muscle-sparing techniques to treat the symptoms of neck and back conditions such as spinal stenosis, herniated disc, bulging disc and arthritis of the spine.

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