Massage Therapy

Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy Benefits

Massage therapy is a medical practice that manipulates the soft tissues of the body. This includes the muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and skin. At Health First Chiropractic, in Puyallup, WA, we believe that both chiropractic care and massage therapy work together for a faster recovery time. Dr. Croxford is a highly trained chiropractor serving the residents of Puyallup and the surrounding area. He will assess your injuries and determine the best course of treatment.  Often, especially in cases of chronic back pain or injury, he may suggest working with a licensed massage therapist in our office to provide you with quality care and extended pain relief.


Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can help with relaxation, assisting the muscles to loosen, thus allowing the chiropractor to give better adjustments. However, there are many other benefits of massage therapy including:

  • Improved Circulation
  • Reduced Pain
  • Reduced Post-Surgical Swelling
  • Improved Flexibility
  • Decreased Stress Levels

Types of Massage Therapy a Chiropractor May Utilize

Depending on the injury, Dr. Croxford may suggest various forms of massage therapy for treatment. These include: 

  • Swedish Massage Therapy - Often used as a relaxation technique, this basic form of massage therapy can help loosen muscles, reduce soreness, and improve circulation.
  • Neuromuscular Massage Therapy - This deep tissue form of massage works to relieve the underlying causes of chronic pain found in the muscular and nervous systems. 
  • Trigger Point Massage Therapy - This type of therapy is utilized when a tight area of muscle causes pain in other parts of the body. Most often these points are found in the back and neck. Releasing a trigger point helps ease pain not only in the released muscle but in the secondary area of the body as well. 

Combining Chiropractor Care and Massage Therapy

After a massage, you are more likely to be in a relaxed state. Your circulation is increased, and your body may be more limber overall. This will allow your chiropractic treatment to be more efficient, thus reducing inflammation and muscle restriction. Thanks to the skilled chiropractic care of Dr. Croxford, and your massage therapist, you may find yourself having longer periods of pain relief. That is what we strive for at Health First Chiropractic. Helping you achieve a pain-free life is our ultimate goal. We are the go-to Puyllap chiropractic clinic because we put our patients first, using every method available to provide you with the best care possible. 

For more information on the benefits of massage therapy, along with all of our services, request an appointment with our online form or call us at (253) 256-4818!

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