Massage therapy focuses on the soft tissues like muscles, tendons, and ligaments by improving circulation and blood flow that warms these soft tissues, causing them to loosen and relax. Using a variety of massage techniques, therapeutic massage improves circulation, decreases muscle tension and stiffness, and promotes relaxation. Increasing circulation delivers oxygen and nutrients that stimulate healthy muscle function, which promotes healing, reduces pain, and can prevent future injuries. This process helps muscles dispose of lactic acid that gathers in our muscles, often causing painful muscle spasms and stiffness. Therapeutic massage encourages relaxation, while decreasing muscle ache associated with tension and spasms, leaving you feeling less tense and rejuvenated.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. According to The Mayo Clinic, studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension as well as fibromyalgia or other conditions. As with chiropractic adjustments, there are many different types of massage therapy. At DelPrete Chiropractic, our therapist specialize in the following:
While massage therapy focuses on the soft tissues, chiropractic care centers on the nervous system (i.e., nerves) and musculoskeletal dysfunction related to hard tissues like the spine, bones, and joints. Because these hard tissues are surrounded by muscles, tendons, and ligaments, tight muscles pull joints out of alignment. Warming, loosening, and relaxing the soft tissues before a chiropractic adjustment helps the bone structures adjust more easily, as tight muscles can sometimes make it difficult to manipulate hard tissues.