Massage therapy is an effective treatment technique for managing chronic pain and supporting the body’s natural healing process following an injury. Our Durham chiropractor Dr. David Leidich frequently integrates massage therapy into patient treatment plans. Massage therapy enhances the pain relief benefits of chiropractic adjustments while also targeting and preventing scar tissue build-up. This speeds the injury rehabilitation process.
Durham Massage Therapy Complements Chiropractic Adjustments
The physical act of massaging sore or stiff muscle tissue offers important health benefits. Gentle massage therapy kneading strokes help to relax the mind by reducing blood pressure and heart rate. At the same time, the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, decrease. Endorphin levels increase, creating a natural “feel-good” sensation in the body. Massaging injured soft tissue increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to these muscles, which flushes out toxins and lactic acid that block the healing process.
We offer a variety of therapeutic massage techniques that can be customized to your individual pain management needs. These treatment techniques include deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and sports massage. Our massage therapist works closely with our chiropractor to create a treatment plan that supports your current chiropractic adjustment program.
Deep tissue massage techniques like myofasical release and trigger point therapy offer important pain management benefits. For example, trigger point massage targets areas within the muscle tissue that are tender due to trapped tension. This tension causes the muscles to contract, further exacerbating pain. Releasing tension from trigger points helps to lengthen the muscles and break the cycle of tension and contraction. The body is able to finally relax and patients benefit from natural pain relief.
Myofascial release offer pain management benefits, releasing tension trapped deep within the connective tissues, known as the fascia. Using slow, sustained pressure, our massage therapist helps restore flexibility and fluidity the fascia. This helps to “reshape” muscles that are stuck in dysfunctional movement patterns, relieving pain and supporting injury rehabilitation. These techniques are also effective for treating patients with chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia.
Following a sports injury, our muscles may be sore, stiff and tender. Sports massage helps restore a natural range of motion to the body while also supporting the internal healing process. Sports massage can also help reduce the risk for injury in the first place, by increasing joint range of motion and flexibility and decreasing muscle tension and delayed onset muscle soreness. We frequently recommend sports massage for patients that are training for a marathon, triathlon or competitive race, or for patients who simply wish to avoid injury while playing sports.
At Chiropractic & Wellness Center, our chiropractor recognizes the important role that massage therapy plays in natural pain management and injury rehabilitation. If you have sustained an injury or suffer from chronic pain, our Durham massage therapy treatment plan may be a critical addition to your treatment program.
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