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Massage and chiropractic are complementary disciplines, fitting together like a hand in a glove. Perhaps more like two well-trained hands on an aching back.
At Windmill Health Center, our certified massage therapists work closely with our Weston chiropractors to develop a treatment plan that will reduce your pain and restore your overall health.
Massage extends the benefits of a chiropractic adjustment. Nearly all of our Weston patients that have received a massage either pre- or post-chiropractic adjustment have experienced a decrease in muscle tension, an increase in flexibility, and longer sustained benefits from the adjustment.
Swedish massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves muscles, glands, and circulation, while promoting overall health and well-being.
Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, break up scar tissue, release toxins from muscles and get blood and oxygen circulating properly.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Swedish massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.
Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.
Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through regular massage.
Many professionals and athletes are aware of the natural benefits of massage and chiropractic adjustments in conjunction with nutrition, exercise, hydration, stretching and training techniques. In fact, many of our Weston athletes have both chiropractors and massage therapists as integral parts of their health care team!
As Weston chiropractors, we believe that therapeutic massage is one of the best compliments to chiropractic care. Because muscles are attached to bones and joints, it is very important for them to be relaxed and stretched to aid in adjustments to the skeletal system. Proper alignment helps to ensure the free flow of nerve impulses and circulation of blood and lymph.
Regular chiropractic care, routine exercise, a healthy diet and periodic massage therapy appointments contribute to a life in healthy balance. Call the Windmill Health Center today to schedule some preventive maintenance for yourself and your family!