Which One First: Chiropractor or Massage?

Which One First: Chiropractor or Massage?

By Ana Clara Otoni

Massage Therapy in Buena Park CA

Massage therapy and chiropractic care work better together. Toa Heftiba (Unsplash)

Most people suffering from back pain, neck pain, and sciatica find relief in chiropractic care. The art and science of using spinal alignment to alleviate physical ailments have been proven to be effective great, especially when looking for an alternative from traditional medicine.

Chiropractic care focuses on misaligned of a vertebrae/joint to its proper position. A chiropractor’s goal is to reduce joint restriction or misalignments of the patient, or subluxation which gets the never flow back to normal.

“A continued chiropractic care can improve the entire body functions. When you have a well-aligned spine, joints and nervous system work properly, resulting in a  full range of motion and flexibility”, explains Dr. Bahram Goshtasbi, a chiropractor at Back to Care Chiropractic in Buena Park, in Orange County.

A talented massage therapist uses specific techniques to relax and activate muscles and tendons that might be affected by subluxation and inflammations.

Here are some types of massage therapy that make a great combination with chiropractic care:

  • ART (Active Relief Therapy) - a state-of-the-art soft tissue system that is movement based.
  • Deep Tissue - a technique that uses slow movements and focused pressure to access specific muscle groups.
  • Swedish – a traditional massage technique that increases blood flow and circulation while providing relaxation.
  • Myofascial Massage - this technique addresses pain and inflammation in the body's soft tissues.
  • Hot-Stone Massage - the combination of hot stones with a full body massage encourages blood flow throughout the body. The use of hot stones creates a sedative effect that can alleviate chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
  • Cupping Therapy - similar to hot-stone massage, cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine that enhances blood flow by using special cups to create suction on the skin for a few minutes. Cupping therapy can relieve pain, inflammation and promote relaxation as a type of deep-tissue massage.

Aurora Clarke, a massage therapist at Back to Care Chiropractic in Buena Park, Orange County, has over 20 years of experience working with the techniques described. She explains why massage therapy can be beneficial when combined with chiropractic care:

“A lot of times people get adjusted and have their spine aligned, but they forget that the muscles and joints might have created a pattern over time. That’s why it’s important to have an active massage technique applied with chiropractic care. While the adjustments create the alignment needed,  a massage helps to build new muscle memory”.

The perfect match


When in pain, your muscles and nervous system act as a couple in trouble. Christiana Rivers (Unsplash)

Massage in Buena Park CA

Active Relief Therapy or ART is one of the types of massages offered at Back to Care Chiropractic. Emiliano Vittoriosi (Unsplash)

Massage therapy and chiropractic care work better together. Think about these techniques as a team of relationship therapists and look at your body as the marriage. When in pain, your muscles and nervous system act as a couple in trouble.

Together, chiropractic care and massage therapy can guide your body to have better communication between the muscle and spine, just as a Relationship Therapist would do. Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy is the perfect match to optimal function.

Schedule your adjustment after a massage, when your muscles are loosened up.


9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:00am - 12:00pm
Massages Only

Saturday & Sunday

Back to Care Chiropractic
8821 Valley View Street
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 527-3332

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