Massage: Before or After a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Millions of Americans live with discomfort or pain from spinal dysfunction and muscle tension. Spinal dysfunction is a condition of the hard tissues, or bones. Muscle tension affects the soft tissues. Unfortunately, these two systems can create and prolong issues in each other. For example, a pulled muscle can change the way you move, which then puts strain on your joints and creates more pain.



Chiropractors specialize in the spine and joints, which means they live in the realm of hard tissues. Massage therapists specialize in muscles, which means they know how to bring relief to soft tissues. If you have found that you need treatment for both your muscles and joints, you aren’t alone! It is normal to need both systems managed. However, is there a specific order to follow for treatment? Do you get a massage first, and then chiropractic treatment? Or should it be the other way around? You’re spending money on this treatment, so it should be as effective for you as possible!

There’s no ultimate answer to this question. You get to determine which works best for you. It is a good idea to consult with your chiropractor and massage therapist to ensure you make the best decision.



Massage First; Chiropractor After

  • If you’ve got some really tight muscles, this is probably the plan for you. Massage can be effective before chiropractics, especially when the tight muscle is close to a troubled joint. In this case, massage can really heighten the effectiveness of your chiropractic treatment. Additionally, while chiropractic treatment is rarely painful, if your muscles are tight and knotted going into the chiropractor, you could experience spasms and uncomfortable tightness during your treatment.

Chiropractor First; Massage After

  • Do you get chiropractic adjustments often? If you do, following them up with massage will probably be most effective for you. Once your chiropractor gets your joints where they need to be, a massage can loosen muscles up and prevent them from wrenching things out of alignment the minute you step out the door. In this way, a massage can prolong the positive effects of a chiropractic adjustment! Additionally, having a massage after an adjustment feels incredible. There is nothing like heading home with a relaxed and adjusted body.

We have good news for you: The ChiroDōjō provides both adjustments and massage therapy under one roof! Contact us today to learn more about our world-class care in Tempe!

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