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Chiropractic, Massage, and Pain Relief are Connected More Than You Think...
Many people mistakenly believe the pain from injuries is caused by the shifting of the bones. While that plays a role, the primary cause of the pain is the damage to the muscle tissue that supports the bone and skeletal structure. The muscles are what holds the bones in place, so when they are injured, strained or pulled, the resulting inflammation and swelling can cause bones to shift. This leads to excruciating pain and discomfort. Effective pain management treatment plans that include both chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy can help alleviate discomfort and begin the healing process.
Pain management is the primary concern when a patient calls for an chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractors work to put the bones back into place. They do this, not by moving the bone, but by relieving the tension and stress on the bone caused by damaged muscle tissue. Pain management techniques, such as massage therapy, can effectively relieve discomfort and reduce the inflammation and swelling caused by traumatic injury. If an injury is left untreated, the muscles can assume the new position and begin to heal with the bone being held away from its original position.
Chiropractic therapy uses pain management techniques to release the muscle and allow the bone to gradually drift back into place. Muscles have memory and will return to the newly healed position unless the memory is erased. Massage therapy increases blood flow to an injured area, providing the damaged tissues with extra oxygen and nutrients it needs to jump start the healing process. Chiropractors who employ massage therapists, understand that by conditioning the muscles that support the skeleton, the bones are less likely to shift or move during and injury.
Chiropractors also understand that the massage is an effective pain management tool that works on several levels of the healing process. Massage increases blood flow, improves flexibility, reduces swelling and strengthens muscle tissue. The more the muscles are manipulated through massage techniques, the stronger they become. As muscles increase in strength, they in turn, help to strengthen bones. The resistance created by the tugging of the muscle on the bone, puts slight amounts of pressure on the bone. This pressure results in the bones retaining more and more calcium, helping them to remain stronger and more resilient for longer periods of time. Pain management techniques rely on these processes to reduce discomfort.
Pain management techniques used by chiropractors often focus more on the muscles that support the skeleton than the bones themselves. As they move the bones, they are also retraining the muscles and connective tissues that support them. Both actions used together elicit a healing response that controls pain and reduces overall discomfort.
Dr. Michael Kwast
Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association. iChiro Clinics has received the 2014 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Magazine’s reader poll award for the Best of Grand Rapids.