Massage therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the body’s soft tissues, consisting primarily of manual techniques such as applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and moving muscles and body tissues. The pressure can be light or deep, depending on the results desired and the condition our Murfreesboro chiropractors are treating. Regardless of the intensity of pressure used, our massage therapy is typically gentle and soothing, even if it is reaching deep into the tissues to target a specific trouble spot or trigger point.
With his background as a personal trainer, Dr. Stanlick understands the benefits of massage therapy with your chiropractic treatment plan. Therefore, all of our doctors will recommend incorporating massage therapy with your treatment plan. When massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments are used together, their benefits are multiplied. Massage helps loosen ligaments and tendons that, when tight, can make the joints stiff and painful. Massage reduces overall muscle soreness, and it helps improve circulation throughout the body. Chiropractic adjustments can help ensure proper function of the joints and reduce inflammation and pain around the joint. When these two techniques are combined, adjustments last longer, giving the body more time to heal, and a noticeable reduction of pain.
Different types of massage are designed to help specific conditions, from neck pain to sciatica, with some of the most common including deep-tissue massage, Swedish massage, sports massage, trigger point massage, and prenatal massage. Our massage treatment can consist of a single technique or a combination of techniques can be used to treat a combination of ailments, such as sciatica and back pain, stiff muscles and neck pain, or trigger point and stress relief.
Deep tissue massages are great for releasing deep muscle tension. This type of massage uses a firm pressure to reach the deepest layers of muscle. It helps heal soft tissue injuries and reduce chronic muscle pain.
Sports massage therapy is great for healing injuries related to physical activity, such as yard work or heavy cleaning. This type of massage helps alleviate swelling in the muscles and soft tissues while facilitating the release of lactic acid, which reduces muscle pain.
Trigger point massage is the most focused of his massage therapy techniques, designed to target specific trigger points. Trigger points are sensitive and often knotted areas of muscle fibers that can develop in muscles from overuse or injuries.
Swedish massage is gentler than deep tissue massage and better suited for people interested in relaxation and tension relief. The technique aims to promote relaxation by releasing muscle tension.
Prenatal massage is a type of massage therapy adapted for the anatomical changes you go through during pregnancy that may help relieve some of the aches and pains of pregnancy and may address leg cramps. Prenatal massage can also improve circulation, help reduce nervous tension, and help relieve depression or anxiety. Remember to speak with your OBGYN first to decide if prenatal massage is right for you.
After a consultation and physical evaluation, our Murfreesboro doctors can advise if massage would benefit a particular situation and, if so, the best type of massage to employ. Most chiropractic patients that receive regular massage therapy along with regular adjustments tend to enjoy a faster and more complete recovery from injury and deeper benefits overall.