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Massage Therapy in Anchorage, AK

Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Most types of massage available in a spa setting consist of light or medium pressure applied to your back, neck, arms, legs, and scalp. Deep tissue massage is a more targeted and forceful application of pressure using slower strokes.

Deep tissue massage manipulates tissues located deeper below your skin, including fascia and other tissues that comprise your joints and muscles. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on major muscle groups that support your neck, shoulders, and back.

Chiropractors and paraprofessionals who offer deep tissue massage have extensive education in anatomy and physiology. That allows them to understand which areas of your body to focus on and exactly the right degree of pressure to use to achieve lasting results.

Many people find deep tissue massage to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of chiropractic care. For some, manipulation of deeper tissue layers can lead to sensations of minor muscle ache after the session. That subsides quickly, however, and is replaced by an improved range of motion and reduced joint or muscle pain.

What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?

References to massage therapy date back more than 3,000 years. Today, there are many known benefits associated with deep tissue massage, including:

  • Relief from back pain

  • Stress reduction

  • Lowered blood pressure

  • Hastened recovery from injuries

  • Enhanced athletic performance

  • Relief from arthritis pain

  • Enhanced labor and delivery experience during pregnancy

Why is Massage part of Chiropractic Care?

The notion that your body's systems and structures are interconnected is a cornerstone of chiropractic care. This holistic approach centers on spinal alignment, but it extends to all areas of your body.

Chiropractors look for ways to enhance and improve spinal adjustments. Massage is an excellent complement to chiropractic care because it helps you relax and loosens your muscles, which primes your body to receive spinal adjustments.

Massage can also boost your circulation. Your nervous system sends the signals responsible for transporting blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body. Improved circulation helps your nervous system perform at peak levels and also enhances your body’s natural healing process.