Therapeutic massage is an age-old remedy which has proven to be an effective complement to other treatments, especially chiropractic care. Both are holistic in nature, meaning they are based on the belief in the innate healing power of the body. They both aim to enhance the natural healing process by keeping elements of the body in proper alignment and ensuring a free flow of nerve impulses and circulation of fluids.
Most chiropractic doctors would agree that it is important to treat soft tissues such as muscles and tendons to help in the chiropractic adjustment, to help prevent and correct subluxations, and lessen any accompanying pain and inflammation. A general massage can be a good preparation for an adjustment. In addition, local massage is often used in preparation for an adjustment. Some find massage after an adjustment to be beneficial for further relation and pain management.
Ask your chiropractic doctor for advice on the best sequence of massage to complement your chiropractic treatment.