Stoetzel Chiropractic Clinic - Massage Therapy
The ancient oriental technique of massage has moved into the modern world because of its many benefits. Many healthcare practitioners use massage to reduce stress, promote relaxation and relieve muscle tension. Chiropractic massage therapy combines massage with spinal and other joint adjustments to promote maximum benefit. At Stoetzel Chiropractic Clinic in Winston-Salem, we believe that when a chiropractor uses massage combined with other chiropractic techniques, it can relieve pain, restore function and promote wellness.
Many people don’t realize that the term massage therapy covers around 80 different styles of massage. Long, smooth strokes help to promote relaxation and control stress. Deep pressure is used to release tight fascia (the covering over a muscle). Swedish massage is vigorous, while deep tissue massage allows the practitioner to work on the soft tissue. Women who are pregnant often benefit from massage targeted to reduce the low back pain of pregnancy. Massage is often combined with other treatments, such as acupressure or acupuncture.
Massage Therapy or Chiropractic Care?
In a word: both. General massage therapy is often used for relaxation, but massage performed by a chiropractor is more likely to have the goal of releasing tense muscles to make joint adjustments more effective. Massage can also help reduce pain and stiffness in areas like the knee joints, calves or hamstring muscles. Massage alone, however, will not solve the problem of misalignments, especially in the spine. In addition to spinal adjustments, your chiropractor can analyze your gait and posture to see if either is contributing to a problem like back or neck pain.
Effects of Massage
The spinal cord transmits messages from the brain throughout the body. If any area of the nervous system is irritated or inflamed, it can cause pain. Massage can help reduce nervous system inflammation and loosens muscles. Chiropractic adjustments are more effective if muscles are not tense. Massage in combination with chiropractic care increases blood flow, promotes flexibility and improves overall range of motion. These techniques also strengthen the immune system, which does not function as well if you have chronic pain or stress. Among other uses, massage seems to be effective when used to relieve pain after joint surgery, reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and relieve pain from fibromyalgia.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you suffer from musculoskeletal conditions such as back, neck or joint pain, please contact Stoetzel Chiropractic Clinic at (336) 773-1177. In addition to chiropractic massage therapy, we offer a wide variety of health-promoting and pain-relieving techniques, including laser therapy and dry-water hydrotherapy. The latter uses water jets in a waterproof environment to massage your back or extremities. Located at 3333 Brookview Hills Boulevard in Winston-Salem, we have extended hours to help meet your scheduling needs.