Chiropractic care focuses on the function and stability of your skeletal system. Whenever the spine as become unstable, the muscles tighten to help support the skeletal system. That’s why you also feel tight and not just pain.
In theory, as soon as your spine is adjusted, your muscles should automatically relax. If it were only that easy.
Muscles are designed to contract for a short time and then relax.
If muscles stay tight for months or years, they develop microscopic scar tissue threads that keep the muscle tight. The muscle now cannot relax completely. This contributes to recurrence of pain.
Massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure and diabetes.
We normally do not recommend massage as part of a typical treatment plan because:
It is not covered by insurance
You can get similar results with strict compliance with the recommended exercise.
However, Massage therapy can accelerate your improvement and improve your overall results.
And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic.
Talk to Dr. Layne to see if massage is right for your condition.
What Are the Benefits of Massage and Bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Where Will My Massage or Bodywork Session Take Place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Massage therapists in South Carolinamust be licensed through the state. They have excellent training, and must pass a national examination in order to practice.
Must I Be Completely Undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. Some people choose to wear nothing, others leave on panties or men’s underwear. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.
Will I Be Covered During the Session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. South Carolina has specific laws about draping. You will NEVER be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).
How Long Will the Session Last?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour.
A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet.
Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage or Bodywork Inadvisable
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Your practitioner may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
Certain spinal problems should not have massage, Cancer patients should not have massage. People with loss of sensation may have a problem. Anyone on heart medication may have lowered blood pressure and must be watched.