Massage therapy, along with several alternative medicine therapies such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic, have been practiced for centuries. Massage therapy is highly effective in reducing pain, increasing blood flow to deep tissues, nourishing the skin, and helping tense muscles to relax. The health benefits of massage therapy in the treatment of various chiropractic conditions are well documented. A study done on alternative medicine by Consumer Reports a few years back involving 34,000 subjects revealed the following interesting points:
• Chiropractic ranked highest ahead of all commonly used alternative medicines.
• Deep tissue massage was very popular in many countries across the world. It was particularly effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
• Exercise was useful in relieving a wide range of health conditions such as respiratory problems, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, insomnia, depression, prostate problems, and many more.
• Herbal medicine and dietary supplements were not as effective as many over-the-counter remedies.
The study also found that many doctors have become more receptive to alternative treatments than was the case a decade or so ago. When applied in chiropractic treatment, massage therapy was found to:
• Effective in alleviating low back pain and improving the range of motion in patients with stiff joints
• Reduces cramping and muscle spasms
• Increases joint flexibility
• Useful in the management of stress, leading to decreased anxiety, greater energy levels, enhanced sleep quality, increased circulation, reduced fatigue, improved concentration
• Decreases joint stiffness and pain in patients who suffer from arthritis
• Relaxes tired, injured and overused muscles
• Effective in promoting tissue regeneration in injured tissues, and reduces scars and stretch marks
• Relaxes tense muscles thus increasing the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment
Moderate pressure applied to muscles and soft tissues is known to stimulate a cascade of biological effects. Massage therapy incorporated into chiropractic medicine yields better and longer lasting health benefits than a casual massage done at your local salon spa. This is because chiropractic massage therapy addresses the root cause of the problem, and can drastically reduce healing time. So how often should you go for a chiropractic massage therapy?
How often you go for a massage largely depends on your budget, stress levels, and your specific needs. Typically once a week is considered enough to keep tense muscles pliable. If you are suffering from chronic pain of serious medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, getting massage therapy twice a week is recommended. The absolute minimum required to maintain good health once you get healed of your condition is about once a month.