How Do Massage Therapy And Acupuncture Help With Chiropractic Treatment?

Posted on: 28 June 2019


A lot of Americans are putting down the prescribed medication and looking towards alternative treatments as they try to deal with the aches and pains that life may have sent their way. The allure of these alternative treatments is quite hard to resist. The cost of regular medication is skyrocketing and there doesn't seem to be a reduction in the number of side effects you can experience as a result. 

One of the most popular alternative treatments out there is the use of chiropractic techniques. This type of treatment is often supplemented with deep tissue massage therapy and/or acupuncture. How do these other methods help to improve the healing process?

Promoting Patient Relaxation

Just like someone waiting for an injection, it's not unusual to find some patients who are a bit nervous before a chiropractic treatment. For those who have never tried this kind of treatment before, those early visits can feel a little tense.

Chiropractic treatment often works better when the patient is more relaxed. In fact, the benefits of chiropractic treatment can be undermined by a patient that's too tense. To help them relax, some chiropractic treatment centers can use either massages or acupuncture on patients before other chiropractic techniques are used. 

Easing Pain

Although it's not properly understood how acupuncture works, there are many people who have experienced a significant amount of pain relief thanks to it. Massages are also a staple for patients seeking some pain relief after straining muscles and joints.

A high pain level is usually a problem when offering any sort of treatment. Too much pain can make it difficult to administer the treatment. Too much pain can also lead patients to believe that a certain form of treatment is ineffective. The use of massages and acupuncture to provide pain relief is an important treatment component. 

Promoting Movement of Muscles and Blood

Different parts of your body may feel either stiff or numb as a result of your condition or the treatment you're receiving. These are common issues when a certain part of your body has been immobile, positioned at a wrong angle, or suffering from inadequate blood flow.

The use of massages and acupuncture to promote blood flow has been present for many years. Massages are also well known for their ability to reduce stiffness in muscles. This is why many professional sports teams will have a number of massage therapists as part of their staff.