When most people think of visiting a chiropractor, they think of spinal adjustments for back pain. Today, the chiropractor's office provides a variety of different types of therapies for many pain and wellness issues. At Body Works Chiropractic, serving Euless, TX, we are excited to offer massage therapy along with other forms of chiropractic treatment. Keep reading to find out if massage therapy can help you.
Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Care
Massage therapy is a great addition to chiropractic treatment. Traditional chiropractic treatments, such as spinal adjustment, deal with the bones and joints. This type of treatment can help to bring the spine back into alignment in order to relieve pain and decrease inflammation in the body. Massage therapy focuses on the soft tissues of the body. By combining these two types of therapy, you can address issues with both the joints and the soft tissues. Let's look at a few of the ways massage therapy can help you.
Many pain issues can be traced back to inflammation and tension. When tension is stored in the muscles and soft tissues of the body, a pain response will result. This pain response can cause greater tension, creating an unhealthy cycle. It can be difficult to get muscles to relax when the body has been experiencing this cycle for a long time. Massage therapy can help the muscles reset to a relaxed state. This can have a tremendous effect on pain.
Many people do not realize that our bodies store stress in our soft tissues. When we are emotionally triggered, our bodies naturally tense up. This is a survival response passed down to us from our ancestors. In ancient times, a human had to use their fight or flight response often in order to stay alive. Today, we do not face many fight or flight situations, but any time we feel stressed, our bodies think we are in danger and so the fight or flight response flares up.
When we constantly stay in this state of stress, it can begin to wear down on our bodies and affect our immune system. Over time, this can result in illness. Massage therapy gives the body a chance to reset and release the tension and stress that has been stored up. When the body is relaxed, the immune system can build itself up and the body can rebuild itself on a cellular level. All of this contributes to better health in the long term.