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Everett Chiropractor Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Massage Therapy Questions

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy refers to the process of kneading the muscles and soft tissues of the back and extremities to reduce tension and alleviate muscle pain. Depending on the type of massage, they are good for overall relaxation, reducing muscle soreness after workouts and healing injuries.

What are the benefits of receiving massages?

Massage therapy provides benefits for individuals of all ages, and it can help aide chiropractic care in speeding recovery times and correcting spinal misalignments. Receiving regular massages also helps reduce overall body and muscle pain. It helps the muscles release lactic acid after strenuous exercise. It reduces the symptoms of depression and anxiety, and it helps improve flexibility and mobility. The benefits of massages are also cumulative. The more regularly you receive massages, the more pronounced the benefits.

How does massage therapy help with flexibility and mobility?

When the muscles, ligaments and tendons are tight, they restrict joint and vertebrae movement. This causes a loss of flexibility and range of motion that can dramatically increase your pain and make it difficult to perform daily tasks. Massage therapy can help loosen ligaments, tendons and soft tissues and reduce the number of tight and sore spots in your muscles. This helps improve the range of motion of your joints and the flexibility. It also helps improve the longevity of chiropractic adjustments so that your body has more time to heal.

Does massage help alleviate stress?

Receiving regular massages helps dramatically reduce tension, anxiety and headaches. It is no secret that most of our lives are filled with stress. We work stressful jobs. We go home to take care of our families, and we run around to perform errands on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. All of these activities can cause mental tension and feeling of being overwhelmed, and the body’s reaction to mental tension is to pump more stress hormones into the blood, which can raise blood pressure, impede sleep, cause tension headaches and contribute to feelings of exhaustion. Massages can help you manage and lower your stress by reducing muscle soreness, promoting blood flow and oxygenation to the muscles and giving you time to unwind from your daily obligations.

Why types of massage do you offer?

We offer Swedish, deep tissue and pregnancy massages. Swedish massages are very relaxing and help alleviate muscle tension, stress and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Deep tissue massages are not as relaxing as Swedish massages. That is because the focus is to reduce tight muscles and ligaments and facilitate recovery after exercise or after a sports injury.

Pregnancy massages are great for alleviating the symptoms of pregnancy, including muscle soreness, back pain and stress and tension, and when they are combined with chiropractic adjustments, they can help make the delivery smoother.

To schedule a massage with our massage therapist or an initial evaluation with our chiropractor, call our Everett chiropractic office at 425-379-6301.

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