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Massage therapy is an important complement to chiropractic care, enhancing pain relief and supporting the body’s natural injury rehabilitation process. Chiropractic adjustments bring harmony back to the body’s musculoskeletal system. Massage complements these adjustments by releasing stress trapped within the body’s muscles and connective tissues. Whether you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica or another chronic pain condition, massage is an important part of an integrated treatment plan.
Our Palmdale wellness center offers several styles of massage therapy, including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, Swedish massage and sports massage. If you suffer from chronic back pain, for example, deep tissue massage is very beneficial for releasing tension trapped within the muscles. If you have recently sustained a sports injury or are training for a competitive race, a sports massage will help speed the injury recovery process and reduce the risk for future problems. Specific massage techniques, such as myofasical release, are used to break up scar tissue adhesions following an injury.
Massage causes important physiological changes in the body. Massage lowers heart rate and breathing rate, calming the body and centering the mind. Massage also decreases cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress. Constant, daily stress keeps our bodies into an ongoing state of 'flight or fight', flooding our bodies with cortisol. Cortisol alters the immune system, suppresses the digestive system and reproductive system, and triggers weight gain. Individuals with elevated cortisol levels suffer from depression, anxiety, and irregular sleep patterns. Long-term elevated cortisol levels can wreak havoc on the body – and massage is one of the most effective ways to lower these levels.
Massage does more than just lower cortisol levels; massage also increases the level of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are the body's natural 'feel good' hormone; they are the 'runner's high' you may experience after exercising. Endorphins are natural painkillers and mood elevators. Increasing endorphin levels is key to not only relieving stress, but also naturally managing pain.
In addition to natural pain management and stress relief, massage is also important for injury rehabilitation. Injured muscles are sore and stiff; lactic acid build up within the muscles blocks the body's natural healing process. Inflammation and swelling also increases pain. Massaging sore and stiff muscles helps to release muscular tension and reduce inflammation. Massage increases circulation and brings fresh, oxygen-rich blood to injured muscle tissue. This flushes out toxins, including lactic acid, from within the muscles, which speeds the injury rehabilitation process.
Our chiropractor works closely with our massage therapist to tailor a massage therapy program that is fully integrated with your current chiropractic care treatment plan. Most massage therapy sessions last between 45 and 60 minutes. Many chronic pain patients benefit from weekly massages, although the frequency and duration of your sessions will vary based on your pain management needs.
Contact our Palmdale practice at 661-266-3500 to schedule your massage therapy appointment today!