The human body is an amazing, complex, multi-faceted machine, and when that machine breaks down, it can hurt and/or make you feel not your best. When our bodies are not performing to their maximum potential, it’s time to seek help and get to the bottom of the cause. But who do you see? How do you determine what the best course of treatment is?
One option would be to seek advice from your GP, which is a good place to start. Western medicine is very symptom orientated and often focuses on that before delving into the cause of the problem in the first place. This option is also great if you are looking for that quick fix, because let’s face it we all have busy lives and don’t have time to get properly “better”, right? But what we don’t realise is that pill will only numb the pain or mask the symptoms rather than treat the cause and often this approach means the issue returns or further issues present down the line.
Another option is you can seek advice from a Manual Medicine Practitioner such as a Chiropractor or a Professional Sports Practitioner. They will be able to look at your body as a whole and treat the cause of the pain and not just the symptoms. Instead of taking prescription drugs this option is an all-natural approach to treatment and recovery. Having massage and/or Chiropractic treatments will both help facilitate healing as both methods have a common goal: restore health and wellbeing, improve muscle and joint mechanics and get you back to your best.
Perhaps the choice is not between needing a Chiropractor or choosing a massage, but a balance of the two? Massage therapy complements Chiropractic care, acting like a “warm-up” for the body prior to the “adjustment”. Adjustments last longer when muscle tension is released – tight muscles pull joints out of alignment, and massage therapy would address that issue directly. In turn, Chiropractic care addresses misalignments to the spine and musculature which gives immediate relief to the soft tissues, massage therapy focuses on. Soft tissues heal quicker once the joints have been restored to proper position.
Sports massage can be an integral part of Chiropractic care and can be incorporated together for many reasons. We all enjoy a relaxing massage, but there is a vast difference between a spa massage and a massage performed by sports practitioner which is both therapeutic in nature and also diagnostic, giving you the cause and the solution whether that’s through exercises, stretching or just advice.
A sports massage performed along with the medical knowledge and guidance of a natural healthcare practitioner, like a Chiropractor, can change the course of your rehabilitation. If you have had a recent surgery/injury, a sports massage can make a great difference in your healing time.
Good health is fundamental to our existence if we are to reach our full potential and to enjoy life’s pleasures to the fullest. We are dedicated in helping all our islanders achieve this goal, if you are feeling out of balance or not yourself, so don’t suffer a day longer call today to make an appointment.