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While massage is often associated with a tranquil trip to the spa, it also yields an incredible array of health benefits — not to mention pain relief. These may include:

• Increased circulation
• Decreased stress
• Enhanced sleep
• Lowered blood pressure
• Greater range of motion
• Increased energy

Some studies also suggest that massage may boost individuals’ white blood cell count, which can help the body fend off disease. There are many different types of massage including deep tissue, Swedish, sports, and trigger point. Depending on the type you request, varying degrees of pressure are used.

Massage also serves as an ideal complement to chiropractic care. If a massage is given before an adjustment, it can help to relax tight muscles. Given after an adjustment, massage could help the alignment to hold longer. Consider having a massage both before and after your next adjustment so you can experience the pre and post benefits.