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Massage Therapy FAQ

To learn more about how our massage therapy can help alleviate back pain, neck pain and many other aches and injuries, read through our Dunedin chiropractor’s FAQ. If you have questions not listed here, don’t hesitate to call us at 727-733-0433!

Ask Us How Massage Therapy Helps Beat Back Pain

How can your massage therapy help me?

Massage therapy is great for back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, sports injuries and car accident injuries; but different styles focus on different benefits. Generally speaking, massage therapy:

  • Relaxes tensions in the musculoskeletal system (the connections between soft tissues and bones)
  • Kneads fresh, oxygenated circulation into sore, overworked muscles
  • Reduces cellular inflammation for faster recovery from overuse injuries
  • Reduces stress (good for overall wellbeing)
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Relieves back pain and other types of pain naturally with endorphins

Deep tissue massage can also break down painful adhesions (scar tissue) to help restore range of motion and normal muscle function.

What types of massage therapy do you offer?

We offer deep tissue massage and trigger point massage, both of which come with specific benefits and are good for different patients. Deep tissue massage involves applying pressure, strokes, and kneading that penetrates down into soft tissues deep in the body. It is great for relieving musculoskeletal tensions and alleviating chronic pain.

Trigger point massage focuses on alleviating tough, tight, painful trigger points and scar tissue within various muscles. These trigger points cause muscles to stop functioning properly, which brings imbalance in movement, accompanied by referred pain that can radiate to other areas like a domino effect. Our Dunedin chiropractor often recommends this type of massage as a helpful component of physical therapy when recovering from an injury.

How do massage therapy and chiropractic care alleviate back pain together?

Combining chiropractic care and massage therapy is truly a win-win situation. Massage helps to warm and relax muscles deeply before a spinal adjustment session so that the body is better prepared for the change. After a spinal adjustment, our Dunedin chiropractor has noticed that massage helps the body accept the adjustment more readily, and that the spine’s supporting muscles are better able to adapt to and maintain the improved posture.

What should I wear to a Dunedin massage therapy appointment?

Each type of massage requires varying skin exposure levels. At all times, however, we endeavor to cater to our patients’ comfort levels because a major aspect of massage therapy is stress relief. Just make sure to wear comfortable, natural clothing in which you feel relaxed.

Are there any contraindications to massage therapy?

Discuss your medical history with Dr. Raveling. While massage therapy is great for a wide variety of patients, it may not be the right option for patients with diabetes, blood clots, infectious diseases, bleeding disorders, fractures, and sores.

Please call our Dunedin chiropractor today at 727-733-0433 to ask any other questions about massage therapy, or to schedule an appointment!


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Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I had major lower back pain caused by poor seating on airline flight. I have to travel two weeks a month and the seating often throws my back out. I get adjusted once a month and my back is now pain free!!! I wouldn't miss a session for anything!"
    Scott Keebler - 12/17/09
  • "I came to Dr. Raveling's office with severe back pain. I could not straighten up or sit and could hardly walk. I have had some back problems for years but not this bad. Only chiropractic helps. I came to Dr. Ravelling's expecting to be helped with walking and sitting and to live a more normal life. I come in whenever my back hurts as I have arthritis. I am 99% better as a result of treating with Dr. Raveling."
    Dolly Whitehead - 1/30/07