The concept of promoting physical wellness using massage is not a new idea. Chiropractic massage treatments promote the wellness of the spine and central nervous system and alleviate back pain. At Riverside Chiropractic in Alexandria, VA, we provide chiropractic care to patients of all ages. Here’s an overview of chiropractic massage therapy.
How Does Chiropractic Massage Work?
The central nervous system facilitates the body’s internal communication. For it to work optimally, it has to be cared for correctly, with each medical action focusing on the individual portions of the spine. Chiropractic massage reminds the central nervous system and the individual parts of the spine how to do their job effectively.
Moreover, as you move around, the individual portions of the spine undergo natural wear and tear. The more natural wear and tear they experience, the more challenging it will become for you to perform your daily tasks. Injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments connected to the spine increase back pain and reduce the range of joint motion and cause joint stiffness.
Chiropractic massage will reduce the natural wear and tear of the spinal components; strengthen the connected muscles, tendons, and ligaments to reduce the risk of injury; and promote the healing of the injured or worn-out spinal pieces. All of these lead to reduced pain in the back.
How Is Chiropractic Massage Therapy Different From Standard Massage?
1. Who administers it?
Chiropractic massage can only be administered by a qualified and licensed chiropractor. Chiropractors must attend an approved medical school for between four to seven years before starting their career.
On the other hand, standard massage can be administered by a trained masseuse or a self-taught masseuse. There is no requirement to receive any serious training.
2. The techniques and equipment
Some techniques used in standard massage are gliding, hand pressure, and kneading muscles. There are also no must-have equipment requirements.
In contrast, the techniques used in chiropractic massage include spinal and joint manipulation, physical movement, chiropractic adjustment, and spinal decompression. The chiropractor will also educate the patient on nutrition, exercises, and stress management strategies to prevent or manage pain in the back. To perform this chiropractic treatment, the back doctor must have specific medical equipment like a spinal decompression machine and a chiropractic massage table or chair.
Benefits of Chiropractic Massage
The benefits of chiropractic massage go beyond alleviating back discomfort:
- Care for muscles, ligaments, and tendons and their relationship to the spine
- Restores proper spinal alignment
- Restores proper central nervous system functioning
- Promotes rest, relaxation, and a general sense of wellness
- It can be utilized to increase the effectiveness of other treatments
- Treatment expenses are commonly covered under medical insurance
Looking for Chiropractic Care in Virginia?
There is no better chiropractic clinic in Alexandria, VA, than Riverside Chiropractic. Call for a chiropractic appointment today at (703) 739-0500.