Though many people don’t realize it, massage and chiropractic go hand in hand as healing services. And while both are great on their own, they work even better in combination.

For the greatest benefit, chiropractic adjustments can be done either shortly before or after a relaxing massage. In addition to relieving tension and soothing sore muscles, massage prepares your body for chiropractic work and heals it afterwards.

When you get a massage in combination with a trip to the chiropractor, you’re to going see a few different immediate benefits including:

  • Easier adjustment
  • More range of motion
  • Improved circulation
  • Quicker recovery
  • Longer lasting relief


Easier Adjustments

When you get a massage prior to visiting the chiropractor, your muscles will be relaxed and ready for the adjustment. If you’re someone who regularly suffers from stress and tension, there’s a high likelihood that your muscles are holding your joints in the wrong posture and contributing to the aches and pains from your misalignment.

If you’ve ever been to the chiropractor and your body hurt more before it felt better, you should try going for a massage before you’re next visit and see if it makes a difference. There’s a very good chance you’ll have a lot less pain and soreness during and after the adjustment.


More Range of Motion

Targeted therapies like Trigger Point and Sports massage allows your body to release tension in problem areas and can give you a wider range of motion by unlocking the muscles around stiff, stressed-out joints.


Improved Circulation

Massage reaches deep down into your muscles to improve circulation and blood flow. Not only is this excellent for your skin and overall health by itself, but when combined with the release of stiffness and nerve pressure from a chiropractic adjustment, your body will feel the deference ten-fold.


Quicker Recovery

Weather you have your massage before or after your chiropractic work, it will offer you quicker recovery from the adjustment. For some people feeling worse before you feel better after chiropractic work is a normal occurrence, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

When you get a massage prior to chiropractic work your muscles will be relaxed and the adjustments the chiropractor has to make are usually easier and require less pressure and torque.

When you get a massage after chiropractic it can help soothe sore muscles and calm any spasms caused by the shift in your alignment.


Longer Lasting Relief

When you combine massage and chiropractic the benefits of both are usually not only exponentially greater, but also longer lasting. As massage works on your muscles to reduce tension and stress, chiropractic works on your musculoskeletal system and releases pressure on your nerves so that aches and pain caused from pinching and pressure are relieved along with the soreness and stiffness in your muscles.

Additionally, relaxed muscles are less likely to pull your bones and joints out of alignment, making your adjustment go further.  Each therapy works with the other to leave your body comfortably aligned and actively healing.

Are you someone who’s already experienced massage and chiropractic work together? What did you think, could you feel the difference?