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Massage is a healing technique that dates back as far as acupuncture does. Massage involves the use of palms, fingers and thumbs to stimulate specific nerves in the body, which, in turn, trigger pain and pleasure points in the brain. These trigger points cause the body to secrete endorphins and trigger actions that allow the body to fight pain naturally.
In combination with regular acupuncture treatment, massage has been shown to treat ailments such as back pain, headache, neck pain, shoulder pain and more. Similarly to combining the benefits of chiropractic care with the benefits of acupuncture, pairing massage with acupuncture treatment amplifies the natural benefits of both. Receiving acupuncture treatment before a massage relaxes the body, improves circulation and makes the benefits of therapeutic massage last longer than they would with standalone massage treatment.
Acupuncture stimulates precise points on the body, using fine, sterile needles. Chiropractic care focuses on the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, most often through spinal adjustment or manual manipulation. Although these two healing modalities rely on different techniques, they work toward the same outcome — to treat pain and illness naturally. If you are suffering from chronic pain, illness or general aches, a combination of acupuncture treatments and chiropractic care can be highly beneficial.
A key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has been used to treat medical conditions such as headaches, asthma and back pain for many years. By stimulating specific sites throughout the body, acupuncture helps restore balance throughout areas of the body that are suffering from physiological imbalances, thereby allowing the body to heal itself.
When vertebrae are moved out of proper alignment due to stress, muscle tension or injury, the body cannot function optimally. This spinal misalignment also often causes pain. Chiropractors specialize in adjusting any misalignments in the spine that may be causing improper transmission of nerve impulses throughout the body, restoring proper spinal alignment and physiological function.
Given that chiropractors seek to restore sound spinal alignment to help the body function properly overall, it can be said that chiropractic care and acupuncture are similar in that they both work to restore harmony throughout the body.
Acupuncture has been proven to be effective in treating some of the common problems treated by chiropractors, including chronic back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. Combining acupuncture with chiropractic treatment provides a comprehensive approach to pain management.
For example, if you injure your back playing tennis, chiropractic adjustments address the mechanics of the injury while acupuncture stimulates healing and reduces the pain. Together, the two forms of treatment can decrease the amount of time it takes for your body to heal and encourage optimal functionality.
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