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Most of my clients schedule their massages and chiropractic treatments together. Massage and chiropractic work naturally and dynamically together. I have seen it for years! Clients who combine massage therapy and chiropractic care generally see better, faster, and longer lasting results because their pain often includes soft tissue and spinal dysfunction. Chiropractic care and massage therapy addresses both of these important components of pain.
If you work as a massage professional in a chiropractic clinic, or frequently work with clients who get adjustments or manipulations around the time of their massage you may get asked – “Should I get my massage or my adjustment first?” Which arrangement is best? It depends on the preference massage professional, the chiropractor and their adjustment techniques, but most importantly –the client’s individual results.
What I have noticed over the years is people who have difficulty adjusting should try getting a massage before an adjustment. This will help relax muscle tissue prior to adjustment to help the adjustment proceed with ease and less pain. This is the most common request from chiropractors and works well for most clients, but it is not necessarily the best arrangement. People who feel they need to see the chiropractor frequently should try getting a massage shortly after an adjustment. This arrangements helps relax the muscle tissue around the newly aligned spine so the adjustment will “hold” or last longer. Many clients that try this arrangement find it to be very effective.
Encourage your clients to try both arrangements and see what works best for them. Many find that what they thought would work best is not always what produced the best results.
What is your opinion or experience?
Ivy Alcott-Hultquist, LMT