Chiropractic and Massage

Chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC

Chiropractic and massage go very well together. Hands-on or activator-assisted vertebral mobilization works better when surrounding muscles relax. Dr. Oskardmay uses massage with most patients to enhance treatment results, and the different types of massage available help in many ways.

Massage is a soft tissue movement technique that moves a person’s skin, muscle, connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay performs massage using her hands and Thumper pulsating device to reach deeper tissue levels on the back, shoulders, hips, and legs before the chiropractic adjustment or acupuncture treatment. Tight muscles relax, tight ligaments allow movement, and spasms within connective tissues cease with pulsating massage. Massage improves blood flow to muscles, ligaments, and tendons and helps to break down adhesions between connective tissue units. With massage, Dr. Oskardmay finds patients are more receptive to the therapeutic chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture therapy as they relax in many ways.

Other massage techniques Dr. Oskardmay uses include cupping gua sha massage. Cupping massage is a technique using silicon cups placed on the skin’s surface with gentle pressure and suction. Cupping massage lifts the skin away from the underlying muscle, allowing muscle and skin tension release. Cupping massage is a form of gua sha, which means ‘get the bad out. It helps to release tension and remove muscle skin micro-adhesions that impair healing.

At our chiropractic and acupuncture office, Dr. Oskardmay applies massage before most therapies. The patient rests on a padded table in a comfortable room, soft muscle playing nearby as the massage is used. Massage not only helps to relax muscles, ligaments, and tendons- it also helps to increase both doctor and patient understanding of body biomechanics, that is, where problems exist. In this way, a massage is also a diagnostic tool and tool to improve self-awareness. Nearly every day, patients report that they didn’t realize they had tension in a particular area or more. Providing awareness of body issues and providing the means to help correct muscle imbalances is another excellent benefit of alternative medicine care at our office.

Muscles tighten, ligaments shorten, and tendons begin to calcify when tensions rise and remain. When spinal bones suffer misalignment affecting nerve outflow, surrounding muscles respond with tension. Using massage and palpation, Dr. Oskardmay identifies misaligned vertebral units and, the following massage effectively applies adjustive procedures to restore vertebral position and motion and correct nerve impulse transmission.

Massage is a vital component of a treatment plan at Acupractic Natural Healing Center. Call to schedule an appointment today and see how massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture can help you. (919) 929-1400, or visit us online 24 hours a day at to learn more and schedule.

Serving the communities of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Hillsborough, and the rest of the NC Triangle

205 Providence Rd. Chapel Hill NC 27514 | Phone: (919) 929-1400

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