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Massages just for relaxation? Think again.

Benefits of Massage along with Chiropractic Care

Family & Sport Chiropractic has recently added a new member to our team, Anna Boge, our Medical Massage Practitioner! Like your chiropractic adjustment, each massage is customized depending on your needs and comfort.  It is important to us that we tailor-make your experience so that your body receives the individualized treatment it needs.

Before we explore the dynamic relationship between chiropractic care and massage, let’s take a closer look at the details of what a massage actually is.

Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. If you’ve never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.

What is massage?

 Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage therapists typically use their hands and fingers for massage, but may also use their forearms, elbows and even feet. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure.

There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

Benefits of massage

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.

Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

Risks of massage

 Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:
  • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
  • Burns, open or healing wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Severe thrombocytopenia

Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or have cancer or unexplained pain.

Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.

In rare circumstances, massage can cause:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Temporary paralysis
  • Allergic reactions to massage oils or lotions

    The take-home message about massage

    Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. You can even learn how to do self-massage or to engage in massage with a partner at home.


And now a little more about the combination of the two therapies and how to best fit them together:

Combination of Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care and massage are two distinct therapies that can be undertaken to relieve problems on the musculoskeletal system.  Furthermore, chiropractic care and massage are often combined to achieve more beneficial results. Chiropractic care involves the alleviation of joint dysfunctions that lead to irritation of the nerves. When the nerves are impinged or irritated, there is significant loss of function and also causes the muscles to weaken or become spastic around the affected joint. The main aim of chiropractic care is to manage these joint problems in order to manage the nerve and muscle affectations. However, in some cases of joint dysfunction, the muscles around the joint become so tight, which makes the joint adjustment more difficult. In this line, massage and chiropractic care is combined in order to reduce the muscle spasm, perform joint adjustments, improve joint mobility and manage pain.

Best time for Massage
There are various points on when is the best time to get a massage along with chiropractic care. This undertaking is based on the professional judgment of massage therapists and chiropractors and also based on the condition of the patients. Massage can be undertaken before and/or after a chiropractic adjustment. Here are the guidelines for you to follow in order to decide the best time to have the massage:

Massage before Chiropractic care
Massage can be done before a chiropractic adjustment in cases that the person has spastic and tight muscles around the joint to be adjusted. When the muscles are tight, it becomes difficult to adjust the joints because of poor access to the joints. Generally, chiropractors recommend a massage before any chiropractic adjustments in order to relieve tight muscles for a more effective joint adjustment. Those who just started chiropractic adjustments should also undergo massage first before the therapy to reduce pain and discomfort while the adjustments are being done, although chiropractic adjustments are rarely painful.

Massage after Chiropractic care
Some patients also benefit from getting a massage after a chiropractic adjustment. Doing these also allows the muscles to be relaxed,; thereby sustaining the improved alignment of the joints. Those who frequently visit the chiropractor because of recurrent joint problems, it is best to have the massage after the chiropractic treatment in order to allow the joint to hold the alignment better because once the muscles become spastic, it is unable to receive tension effectively transferring the tension to the joints and bones.

In regard to the question whether massage should be sought before and after the treatment, it generally depends upon the condition and the recommendations of your chiropractor and massage therapist. Generally, it is best to try massage both before and after chiropractic adjustment to benefit from the advantages of the two.

Click HERE or Call (319) 774-3811 to schedule your massage today.

New Patients receive $10 off their first massage

Massage Clients

30 minutes $40

60 minutes $60

90 minutes  $90

Current Family & Sport Chiropractic customers receive discounted rates

Massage & Chiropractic Clients

15 minutes $20

30 minutes $30

60 minutes $55

90 minutes  $85

Rebook after your massage and receive $5 off your next massage!


Massage Before Or After Chiropractic Adjustment?

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