Chiropractic care and massage therapy are both well known commodities. The chiropractor’s main focus is the neuroskeletal system and the joints, while massage interests itself with the muscles. Typically, the public is exposed to one or the other forms of treatment.
For more than a decade, we have utilized a treatment protocol which has been dubbed “The Combo.” This involves a focused massage (typically 30 minutes) of a region(s) of particular clinical concern, followed by chiropractic adjustments to those regions. The effect is to first address the muscular and myofascial components (superficial), and then the skeletal/nervous components (deep) in succession. Working deeper into the issues that are causing pain and dysfunction are akin to peeling layers of an onion; getting down to what is truly at the root of the problem.
It is our professional opinion, backed by copious research, that chiropractic adjustments alone can (in some cases) be less effective than chiropractic adjustments in combination with massage therapy incorporated. In some cases, patients who received the combination of both treatments experienced improved circulation, increased mobility, and even faster recovery.
Aside from better clinical results as evidenced by pain diagrams, questionnaires, and testimonials, we have found that a majority of our patients prefer this combination approach.