Benefits of Massage and Chiropractic Care

People benefit a number of ways by combining chiropractic care and massage therapy. Both therapies work together simultaneously creating a synergistic effect resulting in much faster recovery time. Correction of one’s structure often occurs more easily and with less discomfort. The positive results of chiropractic care lasts longer when muscle tension is released, which might otherwise pull one’s structure back out of alignment. Therefore it is easy to see that chiropractic and massage therapy compliment each other.

How Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Treatment Compliment Each Other:  Since massage therapy is good for the nervous system it is usually done before chiropractic treatments are given. The adjustments are much more effective this way. Sometimes the body can be so stiff that it resists the adjustments. When it becomes relaxed through massage though, it allows the doctor of chiropractic to more easily realign various parts of it.

Chiropractic treatment is useful for treating people that are under constant physical and/or mental stress. Massage therapy is part of this treatment because of its beneficial effects. A person can be healthy in every other way, but have physical pain caused by tightness and stress. Through massage and chiropractic techniques they can be helped.

The massage when used with chiropractic treatments, is also good for physical injuries such as those that happen in car accidents. Also injuries can occur from sports, gardening, or a variety of other activities. The immune system is stimulated by massage and chiropractic treatments along with blood circulation. By doing massage you are using the body’s natural energy to heal itself.

Since the massage increases the blood flow it can also help relieve headaches. Many people suffer from these on a regular basis. The improved circulation helps to decrease the pain and stimulate nerve flow. You can see why the massage works so well with chiropractic treatments.

You must be aware of the signs your body gives you for spinal stress. If you are experiencing pain on a day-to-day basis that is elevating to the point that you cannot tolerate it, it is time to seek out chiropractic treatment along with massage therapy.

Spinal distress can bring on a tingling sensation in the legs, shoulder, and arms and sometimes even numbness. This is why it is important to address spinal problems immediately. Chiropractic and massage therapy work effectively to solve these problems in many cases. They can not only correct the problem but restore your natural energy that becomes lost when dealing with spinal distress.

Symbolism of the Dragonfly

As we face the end of another year and look to the prospects of the New Year, new beginnings, renewals, new goals etc;  I believe the Dragonfly is a perfect symbol to usher in this time of change.  Here is some of the symbolism associated with the dragonfly.

 • Maturity and a Depth of character:  The dragonfly symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. 

The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life. 

 • Defeat of Self Created Illusions:  The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it. 

This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.

• Focus on living ‘IN’ the moment:  The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.  This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.

• The Opening of One’s Eyes:  The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds.

The dragonfly is considered to be an agent of change and presumably symbolic of a sense of self realization. Self realization from how the dragonfly uses its power to control its movements and so elegantly. And change and evolution is all about the dragonfly’s ability to fly and the way it can be comfortable on water, land as well as the air.

May the New Year be one of prosperity, self renewal, and positive change.