Why Combining Massage Therapy and Chiropractic is the Winning Wellness Strategy

by | Jan 17, 2024 | GENERAL CARE

Who hasn’t suffered back and muscle pain? Learn how combining massage therapy and chiropractic as your perfect Vancouver wellness duo can bring faster relief and improved well-being! 


As you go about your day in the hustle and bustle of Vancouver, you may have felt pain in your body. Sometimes this pain can be subtle and annoying. Other times it can be sharp and disorienting. It may be a tension headache or numbing back pain, but whatever the form, pain always warns us to slow down and stop for a second to listen to our bodies and assess its needs so that we can restore our sense of wellbeing. 

Wouldn’t it be great to find a sustainable way to move through life pain-free and feeling great in your own skin? We’re not talking about anything over-the-counter here, just natural techniques that work with your body, not against it. 

The best things in life often come in two’s and we’d like to introduce you to the powerful duo of massage therapy and chiropractic care. 

As studies below show, when combined, these two seemingly different practices actually become a supportive ally in your wellness journey. Let’s explore how massage therapy and chiropractic harmonize to set you off to a more vibrant living. 

What is Chiropractic and Massage Therapy? 

Our bodies are like finely tuned machines, with the parts that sometimes go out of alignment. This can throw us out of balance and cause us aches and pains. Here’s where our dynamic integrative duo steps in to save the day! 

Chiropractic: Chiropractors are like your musculoskeletal masters. They focus on the spine. The spine is literally the backbone of our health. Through gentle adjustments, they realign your back and ease pressure on nerves to let your body’s natural healing power flow freely. This is the fine-tuning of the very structure of your machine. Specifically: 

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition, 

chiropractic is “a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on general health”. Chiropractic treatment procedures emphasize the manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation, with a specific focus on subluxation.

Massage therapyRegistered massage therapists (RMTs) act as your muscle whisperers. Their gentle touch dives into the soft tissues and loosens tight knots, which eases tension built up during the day. This is like skilled mechanics that smoothes out those kinks and restores harmony to your muscles. Unlike chiropractors, however, they are not licensed to make spinal adjustments. 

How Do Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Work Together? 

Both chiropractic and massage therapy have their own distinct approaches, but when they join forces, the result is a beautifully harmonized body working like a Swiss watch. Let’s dive deeper into how these two powerful modalities work together to restore wellness and ease the pain. 

First things first, is chiropractic complementary with massage therapy? 

Could combining two powerful therapies be too much for the body to handle? Actually, when practiced by qualified professionals, massage therapy and chiropractic blend seamlessly without any problems!

A complementary and alternative medicine study recommends the integrative approach for maximizing benefits to the patient’s health: 

Since it is well established that integration of multiple health care modalities is beneficial to patient health, it is recommended that clinics assist their clinical staff in applying an integrative approach to their practice

Chiropractic adjustments prepare the groundwork by improving alignment and reducing nerve compression. Addressing misalignments and nerve compression with chiropractic care can help the body function more optimally. 

Massage therapy relaxes muscles and promotes better movement and long-term stability following adjustments. 

Together, they address both the structural and muscular aspects of pain, which creates a more comprehensive and sustained solution. So, rest assured, combining these approaches is not just safe, but also a potent recipe for optimal well-being!

Is it fine to be seeing both a massage therapist and chiropractor on the same day? 

Have you considered scheduling your chiropractor and massage therapist on the same day? Is this recommended or could there be harmful effects? The answer is “it depends!” 

Both can be incredibly effective individually, but combining these therapies creates a synergistic effect which can produce faster and more lasting results for you. 

For some people, a back-to-back approach works really well by letting the chiropractic adjustment set the stage for deeper muscle massage work. Others can prefer spacing them out to give their body time to settle down and adjust after each session. The best approach, however, depends on your unique body’s needs and preferences. 

We encourage you to consult your trusted registered massage therapists and chiropractors near you to discuss your specific situation and determine the optimal strategy for you. The key is to listen to your body and find the rhythm that resonates best with you!

Benefits of Combining Chiropractic and Massage Therapy 

Combining massage therapy and chiropractic practices empowers you with plenty of benefits: 

Faster pain relief: Chiropractic adjustments release nerve pressure, while massage soothes inflamed muscles. This attacks pain from multiple sides and the combination can provide quicker relief than either therapy alone. 

Improved range of motion: Tight muscles are like shackles on your joints. Massage loosens them, while chiropractic realigns your spine, which lets you move with freedom and flexibility. 

Enhanced stress management: Both practices trigger your body’s relaxation response, which lowers stress hormones and reduces headaches, anxiety, and even insomnia. 

Boosted athletic performance: Chiropractic optimizes alignment for better biomechanics, while massage improves your muscle recovery and flexibility. This

powerful duo can help you reach peak performance and prevent injuries, which is why it is favorite amongst sportspeople. 

The Best Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Near You

Choosing the right chiropractic and massage therapist who is professional, flexible, and open to addressing your specific needs can be challenging. How do you pick them, especially if you’re willing to try the amazing combination of these two practices in sync. 

If you’re in Vancouver and you’re looking for chiropractic adjustment and massage therapy near you, we highly suggest you consider Dr. Pavin and Dr. Erin Rakhra at The Chiro Culture, combined with the top-rated massage therapy center in Vancouver, Mountainview Movement. Both are dedicated to your individual needs and strive for a proactive, educational approach, which makes all the difference in maximizing health benefits, as this study confirms. 

We guarantee you’ll feel heard, appreciated, and respected while addressing the pain that keeps you from living your best life!

Finding the Perfect Harmony 

Combining the skilled adjustments of a chiropractor with the soothing power of massage can be your winning wellness strategy for a deeper healing and a more lasting well-being. 

How does feeling good in your own skin, moving with ease, and finally saying goodbye to that nagging pain sound? 

Whether you first choose to call Mountainview Movement massage and wellness clinic or The Chiro Culture in Vancouver, don’t wait to take the first step to explore the pain-free life possibilities and uncover the harmonious rhythm of true wellness! 

This article was brought to you by Mountainview Movement Massage and Wellness, a top-rated Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) and Wellness Clinic. If you’re looking for an RMT Vancouver, we’re the right place for you. Repeatedly rated 5/5 by our patients, we’re a 5-star awarded massage therapy clinic. You can easily find us online when you look for an RMT therapist nearby and book directly or stop by our four great locations. Enjoy direct and ICBC billing and gift cards. 

Book now through our website at www.mountainviewmovement.com or give us a call on +1 978 674 5857 or +1 604 282 3066 

Our Locations 

Mountainview Movement – Gastown – Directions 

207 W Hastings St Unit 512, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4 

Mountainview Movement – W Broadway – Directions 

1558 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 5K9 

Mountainview Movement Massage and Wellness – Burrard Health Centre – Directions 1160 Burrard St Unit 504, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2E8 

Mountainview Movement Massage and Wellness – Main St – Directions 104B – 2140 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C5

Dr.'s Pavin & Erin Rakhra

We’re Dr. Pavin and Dr. Erin Rakhra, your local chiropractic team serving East Vancouver. We’re passionate about your family’s health and well-being, providing top-notch care tailored to your needs. Trust the best chiropractors in Vancouver, BC, to keep you moving and feeling your best.