Chiropractic Treatment as Self-Care
Self-care is a new buzzword these days, with many people finally realizing that taking care of themselves is an essential prerequisite to taking care of others. Indulging in a spa day massage is a popular option for those looking to relax and achieve a sense of calm. But have you ever considered going to the chiropractor as self-care? The combination of massage therapy and chiropractic treatment may be the best solution for those looking to slow down, unwind and optimize their overall mental and physical health.
Each of these treatments offers significant benefits, but the synergy between the two has an exponential effect. Massage therapies alleviate pressure and loosen tendons and muscles, while chiropractic care enhances function by optimizing range of motion and treating pain.
Massage Therapy Benefits
Much like a patient seeking chiropractic care when they experience pain, many people schedule a massage when they “need one” – they may already be tense, overworked, or anxious when they make an appointment. In both cases, however, proactively scheduling these therapies can present an excellent opportunity for preventative health care that may prevent issues from developing entirely.
Massage therapy is effective for:
- Relaxation of muscles
- Improved circulation
- Increased joint flexibility
- Lymphatic system stimulation
- Reduction of stress hormone levels
- Improved overall skin tone
- Fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Better clarity and mental focus
Self Care Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Injuries can occur in many ways, from slips and falls to car accidents or sports mishaps. Many of these injuries will linger for many years – if not a lifetime – if not treated appropriately. Recovery from injury can occur more rapidly when the nervous system is at an optimal level of functionality. By adding chiropractic care to your current healthcare routine, your body is more naturally fortified to prevent injury and enhance wellness.
The chiropractor utilizes manual therapies and new innovations to improve spinal alignment and reduce joint restriction. A chiropractic adjustment incorporates gentle pressure applied to specific spinal joints to enhance range of motion, relieve painful symptoms, and optimize the nervous system’s capability to avoid disease. While beneficial to treat pain and restore function, routine chiropractic visits will also minimize inflammation throughout the body and result in a healthier nervous system.
Chiropractic care benefits include:
- Improved immune system function
- Increased circulation
- Better flexibility
- Optimal range of motion
- Reduced pain and inflammation
A Powerful Self-Care Combination
Massage targets soft tissue areas, loosening ligaments, tendons, and muscles and reducing joint restriction. This makes it an excellent start to a chiropractic visit. Conversely, the benefits of massage last longer when combined with chiropractic care that maximizes the functionality of the nervous system and boosts immunity.
Research reveals psychological benefits are inherent in both massage and chiropractic care. Anxiety and depression are connected to headaches, muscle tension, and stiffness, as the persistence of these physical symptoms can also impair mental health. The synergistic relief available through a chiropractor and an experienced masseuse positively impacts both the body and mind.
Dr. Ryan Johnson is a Sarasota-based chiropractor who also offers massage therapy in his South Siesta Key Causeway offices. He understands that patients with access to both of these disciplines enjoy enhanced relaxation and better joint and spinal function, making Integrated Chiropractic the epitome of self-care.
Are you ready to make a positive change to your health and wellness routine? Call today to learn how a comprehensive treatment plan incorporating massage and chiropractic adjustments – as well as other innovative therapies – can revolutionize your mental and physical health.