Massage therapy is an age-old healing art that continues to prove effective in addressing a variety of health concerns. Scientific evidence is now confirming the many benefits of massage. Research shows that massage relaxes muscles, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, lowers blood pressure, reduces heart rate, improves range of motion, aids recovery following surgery, relieves anxiety and depression, increases endorphins, and aids in relieving both chronic and acute pain conditions.
Massage stimulates the body's own natural healing and provides an antidote to stress by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. As a treatment for injuries from automobile accidents, repetitive use strains, sports, or just lifting that heavy box or grandchild, massage can play an important role in physical rehabilitation. Therapeutic massage provides an effective complement to chiropractic care. By warming the surrounding soft tissue and reducing muscular tension, massage helps prepare the body for chiropractic treatment, making joints more pliable and facilitating easier adjustments. When muscle tension or spasms are released, joints are also more likely to maintain proper alignment. Together, chiropractic and massage help to relieve muscular-skeletal dysfunction and the accompanying pain and to support the body's natural healing process.