When the general public thinks about massage, it is usually viewed as a luxury, or kind of like a mini-vacation. Given that there are spas and salons in almost every town across the U.S., touting the most decedent and relaxingly fluffy modalities, this makes sense. However, these usually are in combination with things such as salt glows, mud wraps, aromatherapies and extremely gentle handling of the client.
Is this massage? Technically yes. But, it bares little resemblance to the useful treatment protocol invented by the fathers of medical procedure and manual therapies . http://www.webmanmed.com/historical.html So the average person really has no idea that for centuries surgeons, chiropractors and the medical field in general has long recognized the ability of proper massage therapy techniques to enhance recovery from surgical procedure, treat musculoskeletal pathologies and in many cases, prevent the need for surgical intervention altogether. It is becoming standard practice for Chiropractors to have at least, basic massage therapy on hand for pre-adjustment preparation.
Although Chiropractic work is enhanced by the use of massage therapy, the same cannot be said of the inverse. Because chiropractic technique involves ballistic movement of the axial and appendicular skeletal systems, manual thrusts or ballistic rotation, there is often damage to the soft tissue which surrounds the joint structures. Thus, appropriate massage techniques applied pre-adjustment will break up adhesions, restore bilateralism, equal length of tissues and allow for a much smoother articulation process for the Chiropractor and patient.
Clinical Massage can even be effective in the world of Dentistry. For example, TMJ Disorder. Instead of teeth grinding, mouth gaurds and painful surgery/recovery, a skilled NMT/Clinical Massage Therapist can treat the mastication muscles and connective tissue surround the joint structure. Then they can reccomend appropriate dental measures, and give post treatment exercise to ensure the effectiveness of treatment.
Whether it is sport performance improvement, injury recovery/prevention, or surgical procedure recovery