Can Massage and Chiropractic help reduce stress?

April 8, 2014

I have always like to be adjusted on a regular basis, and I always recommend my patients come in once a month or twice a month for adjustments if possible.  At A Spinal Health and Movement Center, I believe in regular maintenance spinal care so much that I work really hard at keeping prices low and affordable.  $35 for a drop in visit including modalities (spinal manipulation, myofascial stretch, electric stimulation) or $49 twice a month including modalities.

Recently we added Massage Therapy to our Chiropractic Practice because although I like to use myofasical stretches and soft tissue release prior to adjustments on my patients, I feel that a longer spa-like experience is needed for some of our patients to de-stress and relax either prior to or post adjustment.  It is a individual preference when one likes to get adjusted, for me, I like to get adjusted regularly (2x a month) and have a massage once a month as a health and stress coping strategy.  I know that this can be expensive for most people to afford, so my mission has been to bring affordable chiropractic and massage wellness programs to my area. Our massage prices vary from $35 for 1/2 hour to $60 for the full hour and it’s worth the price as our setting is spa like and therapeutic. However, keeping prices low is a challenge for sure, but I’m passionate about making this program accessible to as many people as possible because just as  I work hard for a living, I see so many others working hard trying to make it in this economy and putting themselves last on the list because it’s expensive to get Massage and Chiropractic these days in most places.  I’ll keep doing my part for my community for as long as I can.

Here is a study I recently read about the benefits of Massage on Health.  There are many others but it’s a good reminder to take time out whenever possible to care for our health and body.

Another study this year examined 8 women with high blood pressure who’d had an hourlong massage each week for four weeks. At the end of that period, their blood pressure fell by 12 mm Hg systolic (top number) and measurements in the blood reflecting inflammation (specifically VCAM-1 if you like science) fell significantly. A control group just rested for the same amount of time and had smaller improvements in the same measurements. The drop in markers of inflammation is intriguing and suggests massage therapy may have a body-wide healing effect.

 

 

 

Another study this year examined 8 women with high blood pressure who’d had an hourlong massage each week for four weeks. At the end of that period, their blood pressure fell by 12 mm Hg systolic (top number) and measurements in the blood reflecting inflammation (specifically VCAM-1 if you like science) fell significantly. A control group just rested for the same amount of time and had smaller improvements in the same measurements. The drop in markers of inflammation is intriguing and suggests massage therapy may have a body-wide healing effect.

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