Archive: Jun 2017
Many people are seeking out alternatives to mainstream medical treatment nowadays. It is estimated that about 30 million people each year see a chiropractor, and over 50 million have been to a massage therapist. With both professions being around in some form for centuries, it is safe to say that they are each not only effective, but also generate a large amount of client satisfaction!
Both chiropractic and massage deal with the muskulo-skeletal system, the system of our bones and muscles, as well as the tendons, ligaments, and fascia that connect them all together. This system is the physical part of how and why we can move. As such, it is succeptable to various injuries from overuse, or faulty use.
So which one is more important? Many of my clients ask if they have a ‘muscle issue’, or a ‘structural issue.’ Well, truth is, you can’t have one without the other! A muscle is like a bunch of thick, half stretched rubber bands attaching one portion of a bone to part of another bone. When those little fibers all contract or shrink, they draw those two parts of the bones together. When they relax, the bones move back apart.
When a muscle is tight, or goes into spasm, or ‘knots up,’ it is literally pulling two bones, potentially out of alignment. Conversely when a muscle is weak, or atrophied, bones can move too far away from their proper location. Look at this example of anterior head and shoulder posture. How often do you see this when you are out in public?
These forward head/shoulder postures stretch out the muscles in the back and posterior shoulders, and they shrink the muscles in the front of the shoulders and the chest. (See link below for some helpful exercises)
So you see, our structure determines the tension on our muscles, and at the same time the tension applied by our muscles determines the structure. This is the beauty of using chiropractic and massage therapy in combination. They each support and improve the effectiveness of the other!
Massage helps to loosen tight muscles, break up scar tissue that can impede movement, improve circulation, which speeds up healing, as well as many other things. Chiropractic realigns joints that are out of alignment, and gets pressure off of the spinal nerves. This helps to increase range of motion in the joints, improves communication from brain-to-body and body-to-brain, improves balance and coordination, and a whole lot more. Using chiropractic and massage together is so much more effective than choosing just one.
As always, make sure you choose a chiropractor and a massage therapist who have good reviews, and who will really listen to you about what you want to get out of your care. Different practitioners also sometimes specialize in different conditions, or treatment methods. So be sure to ask about that when you call or email. For a list of who we recommend in the area, call us at 412-243-9355 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org