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Massage Therapy Contributes to Whole Body Wellness

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Are you struggling with chronic pain and sore or stiff muscles? Massage Therapy is relaxing and it certainly feels good, but there are many benefits to massage therapy which you may not be aware.

Speeds Healing

Massage therapy gets to the root of the pain by relaxing tense muscles, increasing flexibility and speeds up healing. Massage also encourages blood flow to the affected muscles, which can bring increase oxygen and nutrients,. All of this activity reduces swelling and stiffness and increases flexibility to help eliminate pain.

Increases Blood Circulation

Improved circulation is a benefit commonly gained through massage. When circulation is poor conditions such as swelling, tightness, tension and pain can increase.

Our massage therapists at Ridge Chiropractic Care can improve circulation through massage to help increase healing, decrease pain and reduce swelling.

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Relieves Pain

One of the most common reasons people pursue massage is for lower back and neck pain, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Weekly sessions of massage therapy can greatly reduce back and neck pain.

Our massage therapist will treat you based on your body’s pain patterns, but will also make an assessment of how your muscle tension is producing twists or other alignment problems.

Improves Flexibility and Full Range of Motion

Following a musculoskeletal injury, our bodies may be stiff, sore or unable to move naturally. Massage therapy is a beneficial treatment for maintaining and improving flexibility and motion.

By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints, regular massage can improve your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more fluid and making them less injury prone

Centers Your Mind

Healing is as mental as it is physical. Stress causes our blood pressure to rise and puts our body on high alert. During a massage, our blood pressure levels and the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, drop as endorphin levels rise. Endorphins are natural painkillers and mood enhancers, which help our patients to feel calm, centered and at peace after a session.

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When to Visit a Chiropractor

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There are many benefits visiting a Chiropractor.

You may have heard that chiropractic care has many benefits.  These benefits include natural relief of pain, discomfort, and difficulty walking.  You receive pain relief, but it isn’t like with over-the-counter medications.  Relief is a combination of instant and long-lasting.

When should you visit a chiropractor?

After a car accident.  Many car accident victims suffer from whiplash.  This is painful, but usually corrects on its own.  Therapeutic massages from a chiropractor can provide temporary relief. 

As the natural correction occurs, a chiropractor will monitor the progression.  They will make the decision to perform an adjustment or realignment if and when the time is right.  Even if you aren’t diagnosed has having whiplash, there are still benefits to seeking chiropractic care after an automobile accident.

If participating in sports.  All athletes, both old and young, can benefit from continued chiropractic care.  After a sports injury, massage and adjustments are important for pain relief and to prevent later complications.  All athletes should seek chiropractic care after an injury, but you don’t have to wait.  Contact sports place a lot of pressure on the spine and other joints.

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If pregnant.  Many pregnant women mistakenly believe that chiropractic care is dangerous.  It isn’t.  In fact, there are many benefits to incorporating it into prenatal care.  Lower back pain is common in the later stages of pregnancy.  A chiropractor can eliminate these pains.  Also, the hormonal changes a woman experiences during pregnancy can bring back the pain from prior injuries.

If you just gave birth.  After labor, a woman’s body goes through many changes.  Severe labor pains and difficult labors can lead to join or spinal pain.  These are specialties treated by chiropractors.  Chiropractic care is safe for individuals of all ages.  Birth is not only difficult on the mother, but the child too.

Headaches.  As previously stated, individuals should see a chiropractor when experiencing pain and discomfort.  This is common with a headache.  Daily stress can cause headaches, but there can be a more serious underlying cause.  For example, muscle contractions can cause spinal pressure.  A neck adjustment or realignment can alleviate the pressure and pain.

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Arthritis.  Many arthritis patients mistakenly believe that they will suffer for the rest of their lives.  It does not have to be that way.  It is possible to seek relief from chiropractic care.  Over-the-counter pain relief pills and surgery aren’t your only option.  A chiropractor can adjust joints to promote free movement.  Therapeutic massages can treat ongoing chronic pain.

A chiropractor can help your child with lower back pains and frequent headaches, but that is not all.  Chiropractic care, spinal and joint manipulation can all reduce the discomfort associated with frequent earaches, allergies, sleep disorders, and scoliosis.  

When stress consumes your life.  With the troubling economy, growing number of layoffs, and increasing number of foreclosures, all Americans have stress.  There is a difference between stressing over losing your home and stressing over the little things, such as having a clean house.  Those who suffer from stress severe enough to have a panic attack cannot only benefit from relaxing therapeutic massages, but adjustments too.  Occasionally, an aggravated nerve route sends confusing messages to the brain.

If you just want to improve your health.  Overtime, it is easy to develop spine and joint problems.  These problems may be mild and may not even result in pain, but that may change later in life.  Chiropractic care also prevents free and healthy movement.  It does so with no medications or invasive procedures.  If you want your body to stay healthy, active, and natural, chiropractic care is the way to go.

In short, most patients want a reason to seek chiropractic care.  In fact, their insurance providers would like a reason too.  Truthfully, you can seek care for any reason or none at all.

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