Massage Therapy: Healing Touch in Chiropractic

Stress and pain seem like life’s always attending burdens. Many of us go to sleep with chronic pain in the back and neck, from a tense day at work or having pushed it a bit too hard when helping our friends move. One might dismiss those pinched nerves and frozen shoulders as just another sign of “getting older”, but they are certainly not a fact of life when under a chiropractor’s care. If you’re feeling low and need some relief, consider asking about massage therapy with Dr. Malka Carlucci – here’s why:

 

 

Massage Therapy: Ancient Answer to the Modern World

Therapeutic touch has been around perhaps before we became modern humans, with many of our closest primate relatives lovingly attending one another in grooming behaviors. The history of massage is ancient, with documentation found universally in medical literature around the globe, from the ancient Greeks, the Chinese, Indians – everywhere. Even in the United States, therapeutic massage was recommended by physicians as a treatment protocol, before falling into disfavor due to Victorian attitudes that suppressed its usage. In modern times, researchers have proven the tremendous healing power of massage therapy, and chiropractors routinely use massage therapy as a part of their overall treatment protocol. During an era of opioid abuse, nonpharmacological interventions in pain management such as massage therapy, alongside chiropractic, help many find relief.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is the application of kneading, stroke, pressure, compression, and other practices against the body, utilized to alleviate tension and promote healing. Performed by a certified massage therapist using his or her own body or some additional tools, patients typically receive one hour of work, focusing on areas of pain or stiffness. Commonly, massage therapists use a variety of lubricants to conduct their work, either in the form of lotions, oils, or creams. These often contain small amounts of essential oils, perfuming the experience with sensuous floral tones.

Holistic Forms with Old Histories

Modalities of massage therapy are vast, with certain forms having very ancient roots. Massage therapists today are trained broadly, given the benefit of wisdom gathered from both the east and west. Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, Swedish (or “Classic”), Thai, Japanese Shiatsu – colleges of massage therapy are a multi-cultural feast of information. Certain massage techniques, such as lymphatic drainage, acupressure, myofascial release, structural – and many more – may be a part of the therapist’s repertoire. Patients preferring lighter work may opt for a spa-like Swedish, whereas others, wanting intensive treatment, may opt for deep tissue. Body builders, in preparation for events or looking to recover from injuries, such as those affecting the rotator cuff, may look to a sports massage to get back to lifting. Regardless of the style, massage therapy has many benefits and little contraindication.

A review of massage therapy revealed many benefits, displaying effectiveness against a variety of ailments including arthritis and fibromyalgia, and pains found in every area of the body – knee, shoulders, neck, back, even the foot. Demonstrated benefits were found against carpal tunnel syndrome and hypertension. Other pains brought on excessive activity, such as plantar fasciitis, lateral epicondylitis, or “tennis elbow”, can be reduced by massage treatment.

Massage Therapists, working in conjunction with Dr Carlucci, will often suggest specific modalities during your treatment, finding integrative solutions in bringing the body back into a state of health. Be certain to outline any medical conditions you may have before treatment, as certain issues, such as ulnar nerve entrapment, require conservative approaches.

During massage, your body’s lymph nodes are subject to cleansing, releasing certain wastes. Alongside this waste, certain massage techniques, especially deep tissue, can subject muscle fibers to micro-tears.  It is very important to drink water following body work to help the body alleviate the system of generated toxins and to rehydrate muscle tissues.

Pain Relief at Canyon Creek Chiropractic

Our certified, professional, registered massage therapists, both male and female, are licensed often from many of the institutions found in the Wasatch Front. They are experienced in many techniques, modalities, and massage services, using a variety of differing tools: cupping, hot stone, essential oils, lotions, and more. Dr Malka Carlucci, herself a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), knows of the great importance of the therapy, and will often indicate it as a form of treatment. Because she is a medical practitioner, massage therapy under Canyon Creek Chiropractic can often be covered by insurance, in so far as she determines its medical necessity. Patients may also utilize varied payment options for massage, such as a Health Savings Accounts (HSA) if the above applies.

Call our offices to get on the schedule, we look forward to healing you!

Discover Natural Pain Management at Canyon Creek Chiropractic

If you’re ready to discover a whole new way of life made possible by spending just a few minutes a week with a chiropractor, call us today at (801) 943-0932 to schedule a free new patient consultation with Dr. Carlucci. We proudly serve the Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, Sandy, Holladay, Murray, Granite and West Jordan, UT.

References

Bell, J. (2008, July). Massage therapy helps to increase range of motion, decrease pain and assist in healing a client with low back pain and sciatica symptoms. Retrieved from National Center for Biotechnology Information: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19083683/

Field, T. (2017, August 21). Massage therapy research review. Retrieved from National Center for Biotechnology Information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6917457/

Yelverton, C., Rama, S., & Zipfel, B. (2019, September 25). Manual therapy interventions in the treatment of plantar fasciitis: A comparison of three approaches. Retrieved from National Center for Biotechnology Information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6917457/

Yi, R., Bratchenko, W., & Virak, T. (2017, January). Deep Friction Massage Versus Steroid Injection in the Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis. Retrieved from National Center for Biotechnology Information: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28719982/

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