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enhancing massage with chiropractic


Relief of Soreness

I arrived at enhancing massage with chiropractic when I was training for my half marathon, I added CrossFit to my exercise regime to strengthen my muscles. Needless to say, I was sore all the time. I was worried about injury and soon discovered that I had knots developing on the side of my leg (a common problem with runners suffering with IT band issues) that my foam roller would not eliminate.

I went to a massage therapist and she suggested that I visit the chiropractor in addition to having my weekly massage. Chiropractor? But my back doesn’t hurt. I complied and was shocked to find out that one of my legs was shorter than the other one. This shortness led to a tilt in my hip that caused the tightening of my IT band which led to the knots.


By combining my weekly massage therapy with several visits to the chiropractor, I soon found that my legs and hips were much looser and my pace per mile actually got shorter. I was more than pleased. An added bonus was that the soreness I was feeling soon subsided and I also got stronger.

Combining Chiropractic and Massage Therapy

When enhancing massage with chiropractic, chiropractic and massage therapy provide a complete and efficient system of treatment. Whatever your physical problems may be, combining these two types of care together can increase your overall quality of life and help maintain optimum health for patients.

Why They Work Well Together

Chiropractic focuses on the hard tissue of the body (vertebrae and joints of the spine) while massage focuses on the soft tissues (muscles) of the body. By targeting both the hard and soft tissues, a faster and more overall complete recovery is achieved.

Enhancing massage with chiropractic work well with chiropractic because of the relaxation factor. After a massage, a chiropractic patient is more relaxed and less anxious. This allows the chiropractor to better adjust the joints and spine. Relaxed muscles also won’t pull the joints back out of alignment due to the release of muscle tension.

After visiting your preferred massage therapist, come by The Joint for a gentle all natural adjustment to find relief for your aches and pains. With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, The Joint makes adding chiropractic treatment to your massage therapy a snap!

Massage therapy in chiropractic

Medical massage is outcome-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem the patient presents with a diagnosis and are administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment. It is also known as clinical massage or treatment massage.

There are many massage schools and programs that teach medical massage as a technique by incorporating the use of enhancing massage with chiropractic. Though medical massage is any massage treatment used to treat specific medical conditions, there is no one technique that is medical massage. Medical massage is taking whatever style of massage the practitioner knows and applying that technique to specific conditions to bring about specific outcomes.


Any Licensed Massaged Therapist is qualified to do medical massage if they have training on how to treat specific problems. State Licensure is the only qualification needed to bill for massage therapy. In Washington State and many other states part of the state licensure includes some treatment massage training but the amount of training varies greatly.

Massage customers should ask, Therapist about their training and experience in treating the specific conditions that they have. Washington State and Florida are currently the only states that mandates that Massage Therapists be allowed to be contracted providers with health insurance companies. Currently, the Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010 does make provisions for every type of provider to be covered in insurance plans. It is possible that massage will be covered by insurance under this new Act.