Research has shown many health benefits of massage therapy when performed properly. Massage therapy stimulates blood flow which increases oxygen throughout the body. This has many effects to include quicker healing after an injury, reduced fatigue, although a massage is relaxing and you may sleep, and increased immune function.
It is beneficial to combine massage therapy with chiropractic. Muscles move bones. Massage therapy addresses the muscles that are attached to the bones that the chiropractor adjusts. Getting a massage prior to getting a chiropractic adjustment relaxes the muscles and allows for an easier and more effective adjustment. It also helps to reduce or eliminate muscle spasms that are sometimes experienced after an adjustment due to tissue change.