Chiropractor Uses Massage Therapy as Complement to Chiropractic Care

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- San Antonio chiropractor Dr. Donald Phillips, DC announced that his practice, Dr. Phillips Chiropractic, Nutrition and Wellness, has had significant success integrating therapeutic massage with chiropractic care for enhanced wellness. Dr. Phillips recommends massage therapy for natural pain management and faster injury rehabilitation, in addition to improving overall function and wellness. The chiropractor says patients of all wellness levels can benefit from regular massage treatments.

Individuals who are looking to enhance their overall wellbeing, naturally manage pain, or heal faster following an injury may benefit from incorporating therapeutic massage into their treatment plans. That's the message that San Antonio chiropractor Dr. Donald Phillips, DC is sharing with San Antonio residents as he urges them to consider receiving massage therapy in addition to regular chiropractic adjustments.

"Massage therapy is a natural complement to chiropractic care," said Dr. Phillips. "Not only does massage help to speed the injury rehabilitation process, but it also helps restore a full range of functionality and mobility to the body. I frequently integrate massage therapy into chiropractic treatment plans, and I encourage all patients to consider this option for their wellbeing."

Working in conjunction with a chiropractor, a licensed massage therapist can create a whole body treatment plan to relieve pain and support injury rehabilitation. Together, chiropractic care and massage therapy work hand-in-hand to help patients recovery from injury and better manage pain without the need for surgery or medication, says Dr. Phillips.

The physical act of massaging the body increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood through injured muscle tissue, flushing out toxins (e.g., lactic acid) and bringing fresh nutrients to the injured tissue. Special types of massage, like deep tissue, target the connective tissues in the body that hold trauma after an injury. Deep tissue massage therapy can also be directed to work on specific trigger points associated with other myofascial pain conditions such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).

"Deep tissue massage is especially beneficial for pain management and injury rehabilitation," said Dr. Phillips. "Injuries often lead to a buildup of scar tissue that can 'glue' the fascia to the muscles, restricting mobility and making even simple movements painful. Deep tissue massage helps to break up these adhesions, which is essential for timely, complete healing."

The chiropractor also says that massage therapy is beneficial for enhancing day-to-day wellness, especially for counteracting the effects of today's high-stress modern lifestyle.

"We may brush off headaches, neck pain, or back pain as a natural part of the aging process or as minor aches. Without treatment, though, these seemingly minor aches can become a major problem," said Dr. Phillips. "Regular massage treatments relieve the tension we hold in our shoulders and upper backs, counteracting poor posture and other passive behaviors that can lead to long-term problems for our bodies."