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Massage

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Massage dates back at least to the second century B.C., as it’s described in ancient Chinese texts. Practitioners in India and Egypt developed their own methods of massage. In fact, all over the world, people use their hands and mechanical devices to improve circulation, unknot muscles, reduce pain and generally improve health.

Nonetheless, massage therapy is a large and varied field. For example, the type of massage that’s suitable for an athlete is different than what a hospice patient needs. If you’re considering massage as a method of pain relief, you may need to look around to find the right practitioner for you.

Evidence for Massage

The long history of massage is full of anecdotal evidence of its healing power, but there have not been many scientific studies conducted about the topic. A study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2007 reviewed previous research on massage and pain relief, and found the strongest evidence for massage as a way to decrease non-specific lower back pain. Shoulder pain and headaches also responded fairly well to massage.

How does massage relieve pain? In a 2010 study, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles found that massage made people produce lower amounts of hormones responsible for stress and inflammation.

Chronic Pain

Many people with chronic pain turn to massage for relief. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines chronic pain as continuous or recurrent, and persisting for about three months or more. Chronic pain can affect a certain body part, such as your back, or can be tied to a more general all-over condition, such as fibromyalgia.

Arthritis

After massage, some arthritis sufferers report improvements in range of motion, hand grip strength and joint function as well as decreased pain and finger stiffness. A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience concluded that moderate to light pressure produced the best results for patients with arthritis.

Massage and Chiropractic

Because massage decreases pain in many patients, chiropractors often incorporate massage into the treatment plan. This could be a short massage delivered by the chiropractor along with spinal adjustments. Or, if the patient needs a longer massage or specific techniques outside the chiropractor’s repertoire, the patient might schedule a visit with an outside massage therapist. Nowadays, holistic professionals with different expertise often opt to share space. A chiropractor and massage therapist working together pool their knowledge and optimize their patients’ healing.

If you’d like to see how chiropractic and massage complement each other, call our clinic today. We can help you feel your best.

Multicare Health Clinic

3930 STADIUM DR
SIOUX CITY, IA 51106
Phone Number: (712) 276-4325

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8:30 am-6:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-6:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-6:30 pm

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8:30 am-6:30 pm

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Testimonials

  • "After my knee surgery I was asked where I wanted to do my physical therapy, I chose Multicare Health Clinic and I'm so glad I did! Dr. Steve and the therapy assistants (Sara and Megan) are fabulous! They know what they're doing and they all really seemed to care about my recovery. I'm feeling fantastic! I'll definitely go back again whenever I need therapy or adjustments."
    Sheri J.
  • "At night my right hand would go painfully numb at least 2-3 times where I could not sleep. Now, I don't have that pain and can get a full night sleep."
    Janet D.
  • "Being able to present my back pain to three different professions in one place and knowing that they are working together to make me better is very comforting."
    Charlie P.
  • "After my consultatin with the doctors at Multicare Health Clinic, I understand how to address my balance issues."
    Anna A.
  • "I'm so glad my sister referred me to Multicare! My elbow hasn't felt this good in a long time. Thanks to the great physical therapy team there."
    Ellen E.
  • "My company encouraged all of us employees to get screened at Multicare. I didn't know what to expect. It was easy and I learned so much. The orthotics they prescribed really help me to feel more stable and confident at work."
    Jim J.
  • "I wasn't able to use my hand the way I should. After working with Dr. Sneller and the physical therapy team, I can use my hand again."
    Ivy I.
  • "I leave here feeling confident that I have the resources to manage my pain and live normally, and that's priceless."
    Alycen V.
  • "My shoulder and neck feel so much better. I now have the knowledge, motivation, desire and tools to keep up the exercises."
    Barb B.
  • "I wasn't able to use my hand the way I should. After working with Dr. Sneller and the physical therapy team, I can use my hand again."
    Henry H.
  • "After an accident at work I didn't think I'd ever get relief from my aching shoulder. But, the doctors at Multicare gave me adjustments and physical therapy and now I feel normal again."
    Cliff C.
  • "I'm a runner. When I wasn't able to run due to leg problems, I was devastated. But a consultation at Multicare Health Clinic identified the problem and after some adjustments, stimulation treatments and therapy, I'm running again!"
    Lisa L.
  • "Not only is my pain level down to zero, but what I'm really thrilled with, is that I have normal feeling in my hands."
    Jill L.
  • "I'm now a believer now! I didn't think chiropractic could help my foot problems. But after meeting with Dr. Pistello and Dr. Dave for a few weeks, I'm feeling so much better!"
    Gino G.
  • "There couldn't be a better physical therapy team in Siouxland! Not only did my knee feel so much better after six weeks, but I feel like I made new friends."
    Karla K.
  • "I now can go a full week without pain and headaches."
    Luke W.
  • "Dr. Sneller helped. I haven't been feeling dizzy anymore."
    Belinda B