Chiropractic​ ​Massage​ ​Therapy​ ​in​ ​Alaska

Chiropractic Massage Therapy in Alaska

What​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Chiropractic​ ​Massage Therapy?​

Truth be told, this is an incredibly hard question to answer simply because there’s 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 apart 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, but these days they blend together more and more. Better Health Alaska 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:

  • Massage Therapy: Limited in scope, focused on treating muscular issues to relieve tension, restore flexibility, and improve comfort.
  • Chiropractic Care: Very broad scope. Can be used to help treat a huge variety of medical conditions that involve the spine and how it relates to the central nervous system.

What​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Chiropractic​ ​Massage​ ​Therapist?​

Okay, another huge difference between a chiropractor and a massage therapist has to do with schooling. To get started as strictly a massage therapist, you need a few hundred hours (varies by jurisdiction) of training under your belt. 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 different than from a massage therapist.

When you visit clinics like ours, it means your massage can incorporate chiropractic adjustments, rehab therapy methods, or perhaps even the DRS system to help address low back pain.

What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Difference​ ​Between​ ​Chiropractic​ ​Massage​ & ​Massage​ ​Therapy?​

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/get rid of knots, and help release built-up toxins in soft tissue, a chiropractic massage likely incorporates spinal decompression techniques and applying force to the spine to relieve tension, realign vertebrae, treat herniated disks, address low back pain, etc.

When​ ​do You​ ​Need​ ​a​ ​Chiropractic​ ​Massage​ ​or​ ​Massage​ ​Therapy?

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/flexibility, been injured, are just getting older, or are generally experiencing musculoskeletal pain.

What​ ​are​ ​the​ ​Different​ ​Chiropractic​ ​Massage​ ​Techniques?

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.

What​ ​are​ ​the​ ​Benefits​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Chiropractic​ ​Massage?

Well, simply combine the commonly accepted and widely experienced benefits of massage therapy with chiropractic care. At BHA 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.

Which​ ​Health​ ​Conditions​ ​Does​ ​Chiropractic​ ​Massage​ ​Therapy​ ​Treat?

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, so muscular issues with chiropractic. 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 it we could be helpful, feel free to contact us or check out our Conditions page to dig a bit deeper on the issue.

What​ ​are​ ​the​ ​Different​ ​Equipments​ ​Involved?​

If we’re talking about a massage, then there’s the chiropractic massage table, a special chiropractic massage chair and 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!

Is​ ​it​ ​Effective?

Do you think they give our doctorates for ineffective medicine these days? Would humans have been enjoying massages (especially athletes and very physical lifestylers) since before written history if it didn’t work? There are plenty of skeptics, and no, tenants of massage therapy haven’t been officially accepted by mainstream medicine yet, but it’s being incorporated into more and more conventional treatment programs throughout the western world (it’s been in the east for many thousands of years).

Is​ ​it​ ​Safe?​ ​Any Side​ ​Effects?

As long as you’re receiving care from a certified/licensed/educated/experiences provider, yes, both massage therapy and chiropractic massage therapy, along with chiropractic care, are considered 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.

Can​ ​I​ ​Have​ ​a​ ​Massage​ ​after​ ​a​ ​Chiropractic​ ​Adjustment?

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 these joints/discs is amplifying.

How​ ​Can​ ​I​ ​Schedule​ ​for​ ​a​ ​Chiropractic​ ​Adjustment/Care​ ​Appointment?

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: