Physician-supervised massage therapy is often preferable to standard ‘spa-type massage therapy’ because it can be covered by insurance; therefore, providing deeper, more clinical levels of therapy consistent with a doctor’s prescription for your condition. Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab, with convenient clinics in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Juneau, has been providing chiropractic massage therapy to patients and families around Alaska since 1998.
Our massage therapists work directly with our chiropractic physicians daily, sharing information about your condition and progress – so rest assured you’re getting the most effective massage therapy, trigger point therapy, acupressure, and myofascial release therapy where you need it!
Looking for a local Anchorage massage therapist? Better Health Chiropractic, in Alaska since 1998, has clinics in Midtown/South Anchorage and North/East Anchorage. We offer effective massage therapy, trigger point therapy, acupressure, and myofascial release therapy along with the full range of chiropractic services all located conveniently under one roof. Call for same-day sessions, easily covered by insurance, some massages as low as $10-$15.
Searching for local physician-supervised Juneau massage therapy? Better Health Chiropractic has a clinic location on Dunn St. across from Frontier Suites, offering massages for as low as $10 to $15 with insurance. Come see our massage therapist and chiropractic physician conveniently under one roof. Call for same-day appointments and see why we’re known for clinical Juneau massage therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and much more.
Trying to find local Wasilla massage therapy your insurance covers? Better Health Chiropractic, in Alaska since 1998, has a convenient clinic on Seward Meridian Parkway waiting for you. Our chiropractic physician and Wasilla massage therapist are both extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and can provide relief where you need it. Massage therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and more. Simply call to schedule a same-day appointment. Therapy as low as $10 to $15 with insurance.
Truth be told, this is an incredibly hard question to answer simply because there are so many different disciplines of massage therapy around the world, from the U.S. of course, throughout Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and so on. It used to be very segmented and separated from mainstream medicine, but now is being incorporated into a large variety of western treatment programs.
So they’re two separate approaches, massage therapy and chiropractic massage, but in modern medicine, they blend together more and more. Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab incorporates chiropractic massage therapy with elements of general chiropractic care or spinal decompression and physical rehabilitation for many of our patients. But, here’s the basic difference:
Okay, another huge difference between a chiropractor and a massage therapist has to do with schooling. To get started as a massage therapist, you need a few hundred hours (varies by jurisdiction) of training. To become a primary care chiropractor, you need to attain doctorhood, meaning a four-year undergraduate degree and successfully completing a four-year doctorate of chiropractic program. So, when you receive a chiropractic massage from a chiropractor, it’s more medically minded than from a massage therapist.
When you visit multidisciplinary clinics, it means that your massage can incorporate chiropractic adjustments, rehab therapy methods, or perhaps even the DRS System to help address low back pain.
Here’s another simple way of differentiating between the two modalities. A massage is something you go to a spa to receive. A chiropractic massage is something you visit a chiropractic clinic for, i.e. it’s clinical. While massage therapy can really loosen muscles and get rid of knots, and help release built-up toxins in soft tissue, a chiropractic massage can incorporate spinal decompression techniques and apply force to the spine to relieve tension, realign vertebrae, treat herniated disks, address low back pain, etc.
There’s no universal answer to this question, other than when it’s prescribed by a health provider or you reach a point in your life where “it’s time.” Both are not only options for treatment, but prevention as well. It’s very common to get a good deep massage after a chiropractic adjustment, or when you’ve lost some mobility or flexibility, been injured, are just getting older, or are experiencing musculoskeletal pain.
Again, a chiropractic massage will incorporate elements of massage therapy – gliding, kneading the muscles, hand-pressure, skin rolling, etc. – with chiropractic medicine to address deeper neuromusculoskeletal issues – spinal/joint manipulation, physical movements or exercises, traction and spinal decompression, patient education, and so on.
Well, simply combine the commonly accepted and widely experienced benefits of massage therapy with chiropractic care. At Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab it’s about improving quality of life, making our patients healthier, helping them get back to work or into their physical hobbies through occupational therapy, relieving pain, restoring proper spinal alignment, addressing serious musculoskeletal issues, and much more.
Another great question, but honestly, you don’t want us to drop a massive word-bomb on you and list them all out. There’s a ton, especially when you combine everything involving both disciplines. The real question is, what’s your condition, or what’s a loved one dealing with that has you interested? If you’re curious whether or not we might be able to help, feel free to contact us or check out our Conditions page to dig a bit deeper into the issue.
If we’re talking about a massage, then there’s the chiropractic massage table, a special chiropractic massage chair, assorted chiropractic tools like the DRX9000 spinal decompression machine, and other little tools of the trade that are used to target certain muscle areas, joints, or discs. If you stop by any of our clinics, we’d be happy to show you around and let you see the technology we use. You can meet our chiropractors and massage therapists as well!
Would humans have been enjoying massages (especially athletes and very physical lifestylers) since before written history if it didn’t work? Yes, there are plenty of skeptics. No, the tenants of massage therapy haven’t been officially accepted by mainstream medicine yet. However, they have been incorporated into more and more conventional treatment programs throughout the Western World (as has been so in the East for many thousands of years).
As long as you’re receiving care from a certified/licensed/educated/experienced provider, yes, both massage therapy and chiropractic massage therapy, along with chiropractic care, are safe for all ages. There are side effects, but they are typically very minimal and easily treatable, for example, muscle soreness, joint soreness, tiredness as a result of toxic release (remember to drink plenty of water!) and so forth. You’ll receive a thorough assessment, x-ray, and physical examination before treatment from any reputable provider.
Absolutely! It’s quite common actually. Oftentimes after an adjustment people experience some soreness, feel tired from toxic release (toxins being released from affected spinal areas), and so on. A nice soothing massage that accentuates the adjustment and helps loosen muscles around the joints/discs is amplifying.
So glad you asked! Our chiropractic care, massage therapy, and rehabilitation therapy centers are easy and conveniently placed around Alaska. Below we’ll break down how to get started with us into three simple options: