Therapeutic Massage and Chiropractic Care in Killeen TX
Chiropractors don't just specialize in adjustments. Often, you visit the chiropractor and receive exercise therapy and even chiropractic massage.
Anthony Medical & Chiropractic in Killeen, Texas uses the modalities of chiropractic care and therapeutic massage together to complement one another because they work on the same area but in different ways. In many cases, we can help optimize your recovery by using multiple chiropractic techniques at once.
How Do Chiropractic Care and Massage Work?
Chiropractic care encompasses the theory that the body has to work together as a whole to function optimally, meaning the muscles, nerves, and rest of the musculoskeletal system must work harmoniously without pain or dysfunction.
A spinal alignment is part of chiropractic treatment and consists of a Killeen chiropractor moving components of the spine, so they align. The alignment takes pressure off the surrounding tissue and nerves while also enhancing blood flow to the area to speed up the healing process.
Massage therapy, on the other hand, focuses on the muscles and soft tissue that surround the spine. It optimizes blood flow to the muscles while soothing them. By using the treatments together, you're improving blood flow to all parts of the back and affecting all areas contributing to your pain.
Why Do You Need Both to Recover?
In order for your back to move, the joints and muscles must work together. If you have an issue with either portion of your body, you could experience pain and a decrease in mobility. Focusing on the two main components of your back allows them to work together as intended.
Massage therapy relieves pain in the muscles because it targets them directly, while chiropractic care relieves pain in the muscles by relieving pressure on them.
If you only focused on the spine and not the muscles, you could have tight muscles preventing your spine from healing. On the other hand, if you only relax the tight muscles, a misaligned spine still places pressure on the muscles, making your treatment ineffective.
A chiropractic massage relieves tension in the muscles, which are sometimes responsible for pulling your joints out of alignment. By relieving the tension in them, a chiropractor can move the vertebrae back into place easier when they don't have that added force of the muscle opposing them.