When you’re dealing with an acute injury or chronic pain, what’s a more effective treatment, deep tissue massage or chiropractic care?
In many cases, a combination of the two is actually ideal.
The basic reason is that these complementary treatments can result in more muscle tension release in tight areas than either treatment might achieve on its own. This is key for reducing pain and/or improving alignment and your overall wellbeing.
What’s the difference between deep tissue and other forms of massage?
Compared to traditional massage techniques, deep tissue massage is more aggressive at treating tight areas or trouble spots in your body. Your massage therapist uses increased pressure and works more deeply in your muscles to release knots and soft tissue, and potentially break up scar tissue in specific areas.Reducing muscle tension can help decrease pain and lead to flexibility improvements while also improving blood flow, which is ideal for injury recovery. Since deep tissue massage is more aggressive, it can involve some discomfort, although many patients refer to it as “good pain.”
How much time does it take?
Generally speaking, chiropractic adjustments are more effective when paired with a 60 minute massage. Of course that doesn’t necessarily mean that the entire 60 minutes will be dedicated to deep tissue work. Depending on your circumstances, your massage therapist could spend 30 minutes doing deep tissue work in the problem area and then use other techniques on muscles elsewhere in your body that aren’t as tight but still need attention, for example. The amount of time spent doing deep tissue work versus other techniques can also depend on your comfort and tolerance levels (you and your therapist will keep an open dialog about comfort to ensure that you are making progress at a rate that works for you).
Choosing the right provider
At this point, you might be wondering where you can get a deep tissue massage. While there are plenty of Registered Massage Therapists (RMT’s) to choose from, if you are seeking treatment for an injury from a chiropractor, then ideally your chiropractor and RMT will be in the same office. There are several reasons why seeing a chiropractor/RMT team can be more beneficial than going to individual providers:
- Your doctor will perform a full evaluation and guide the massage care based on your overall treatment needs and progress (and any health concerns)
- Massage therapists in chiropractic clinics often have higher levels of skill and more advanced certifications/training than wellness massage therapists because they regularly help to treat injuries
- Having your Chiropractor and RMT in the same office allows for better communication between the two professionals to better understand what your main concerns are (ultimately, getting you back to feeling better at a faster rate)
We’re here to help
If you are in the Calgary area and wondering if you could benefit from deep tissue massage and chiropractic (or are simply looking for a new provider), we are standing by to answer your questions. (403) 452-9544