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Massage Therapist Wilmington: What Is Chiropractic Massage Therapy?

August 13, 2020

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Chiropractic massage combines elements of massage therapy and chiropractic care to help support the spine, promote full body health and pain relief in the patient. Call our Wilmington Chiropractor, Dr. Mike Francis, to book a massage session.

Your chiropractor will utilize traditional adjustments to fix any misalignments that could be causing you pain or discomfort, as well as promoting healing to your muscle fibers and soft tissue. Massage therapy is then used to help heal and promote wellness in your limbic and nervous system. 

Chiropractic adjustments focus on the hard tissue of the body, such as the vertebrae and joints of the spine, and massage centers on the soft tissues, such as muscle.

No matter what your goals are for chiropractic treatment, combining chiropractic massage with your treatment plan can provide faster, more holistic results while promoting greater health and well-being. 

Benefits of Chiropractic Massage:

The benefits of chiropractic massage therapy are very well documented. Massage therapy has a long history of helping to heal and treat many conditions. Some benefits of massage therapy include, better blood circulation, lessened joint and muscle pain, and reduced stress and depression. Massage Therapy is also a great treatment used to detoxify the body and remove waste and toxins. The overall goal for the treatment of massage therapy is to restore the body to its natural state and increase its healing capabilities.

Good for Preventative Health:

Routine chiropractic massage therapy once a month has an abundance of preventative benefits. A whole body approach should be taken to prevent disease and injury. With the combination of chiropractic massage therapy, good nutrition, and exercise, you will have a much higher chance of fending off disease, while also lowering stress. By taking these holistic measures to support your health, your body will be well equipped to prevent any other future injuries and stay in top shape!

Treats Many Different Medical Conditions:

Chiropractic Massage Therapy is recommended for a variety of different conditions, diseases and injuries. Some of the most common issues that chiropractic massage therapy can treat are: joint pain, back pain, headaches, pinched nerves, muscle spasms, arthritis, TMJ, compromised immune system, insomnia, fibromyalgia and countless others. It is a great way to aid the body's healing process, while also ridding the body of harmful toxins that may have accumulated.  

How are Common Conditions Treated by Chiropractic Massage Therapy? 

Joint Pain

Aching, sore joints are a common issue for older adults in particular. The  joint pain may be due to inflammation, a chronic injury, or even just aging. This pain may cause a loss in mobility and enjoyment of everyday activities.

Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments may help to resolve the issue that leads to joint pain. For example, a spinal misalignment can result in poor posture and increased pressure on the joints. Chiropractic Massage Therapy in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments can help to alleviate muscle pressure and stress surrounding the joint, improving blood flow and reducing inflammation contributing to injury.

Back Pain

Chronic back pain can be caused by spine subluxations, or weakened muscle fibers.  If you have long suffered from back pain, you may also suffer from poor posture. This can unfortunately put unwanted stress on your muscles and soft tissue, causing additional pain and injury. We recommend treating the spine's subluxations with a chiropractic adjustment and following up with chiropractic massage therapy.  This will help to facilitate improved blood flow to the weakened muscle fibers, speeding up recovery and reducing inflammation and discomfort.

Pinched Nerves

There are many ways a pinched nerve may develop. It is common to sustain a pinched nerve from an auto accident, a sedentary lifestyle, or a subluxation of the spine.  Chiropractic care can be used to realign the spine and release the tense muscles, in order to fix the pinched nerve. We then recommend chiropractic massage therapy to further release the tense muscles and tissues, bringing relief and relaxation.


One of the main causes of recurrent headaches are stiff muscles in the neck and shoulders. These tight muscles will restrict adequate blood flow to the brain, leading to the excruciating pain you experience when you have a headache.

A chiropractic adjustment can release the spine and overly tense shoulder muscles that contribute to headaches. Following this treatment up with a chiropractic massage will promote blood flow, ease tension and provide immense relief from the pain felt with chronic headaches. 

Why Should I Combine Chiropractic Massage Therapy With My Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractic massage therapy helps by focusing on manipulating the soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments by increasing circulation and blood flow that nourishes these soft tissues, causing them to loosen and relax. When your muscles are warm, you will have more elasticity and function of those muscles. Additionally, chiropractic massage combined with a chiropractic adjustment can greatly extend the benefits of your adjustment. When you have a decrease in muscle tension, you will experience increased flexibility and longer sustained benefits from the adjustment.

Chiropractic massage also has a positive impact on the circulatory system. The circulation of the blood, lymph, and interstitial fluids are very important to the body's natural homeostasis, as well as its ability to detoxify and regenerate. Improving your circulation will benefit your entire well-being. It will also cause your body to relax, reduce stress and eliminate anxiety. When you combine these two treatments together, it can also help to cleanse the body of impurities by breaking down built up toxins, which can result in a  calming effect on anxious and excessively stressed patients. 

Additionally, combining chiropractic adjustments with chiropractic massage therapy will result in less pain and faster recovery because you are treating all components of the injury at once using multiple modalities. A chiropractic spinal alignment will help to solve any structural problems due to the injury, while the chiropractic massage can address any issues with the soft tissue. You will experience quicker healing and relief with both treatments, rather than one by itself. We believe a comprehensive treatment plan is most effective to get you back to feeling your best.

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