If you are one of millions of Americans suffering from chronic ailments such as lower back or neck pain, it can be difficult to know whether going to the chiropractor or getting a massage will alleviate your pain. The answer, which may surprise you, is often both. Today, chiropractic work and massage therapy are often seen as two sides of the same coin. Rather than being incompatible like many once thought, these types of bodywork are actually complementary.
Here at PAMT we regularly work closely with our trusted network of local chiropractors to make sure our clients are receiving all of the care they need. Massage therapy works with soft tissues to improve mobility and pain levels while chiropractic work is used to resolve structural issues within the body. This means that massage is useful before and/or after a chiropractic adjustment so that muscles can easily adapt to the new structural foundation of your body. Massage used before adjustments relieves muscle tension that may be pulling joints out of alignment and aids the body’s ability to receive a more complete adjustment. Massage used after adjustments helps the body to recover and to relearn a new ‘normal’ position.
Many clients have found that chiropractic care in tandem with massage therapy was the best answer for them. This approach ensures that any structural and soft tissue problems are addressed together. Both treatment options are holistic in nature and focus on the underlying conditions and sources of your pain rather than just the symptoms. Together these treatments can keep you Active for Life!