Massage Therapy with Chiropractic Care

Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Care

4 Benefits of Using Massage Therapy with Chiropractic Care

At first glance, it may not be obvious that chiropractic care and massage therapy can work together to speed up recovery time. However, when properly combined, these treatments produce much more effective results and promote faster healing in patients. Together, chiropractic and massage therapy provide immediate symptom relief through a hands-on, drug-free approach and allows you to MAXimize your LIFE to the fullest.

The Benefits of Combining Chiropractic and Massage Therapy

An effective way to prepare for your chiropractic adjustments is to add massage therapy either before or after your chiropractic adjustment. Massages help to relieve muscle tension around the spine, making it easier for your chiropractor to correct these structures and decrease joint and nerve pain. Using massage therapy in conjunction with chiropractic care helps to:

1. Relax Muscles: The muscles and connective tissue around your spinal structure may resist chiropractic intervention if there is tension. Massage therapy before an adjustment can soothe and stretch muscles into a relaxed state. Relaxed muscles make it much easier for your chiropractor to correct the underlying issues that are causing discomfort or limiting your mobility.

2. Increase Circulation: Increasing circulation relaxes the body and ensures that patients are calm, which produces better chiropractic results. Massage therapy can also relieve headaches caused by poor circulation. If you suffer from recurring headaches, improving your circulation through massage can help decrease pain and allow normal nerve flow.

3. Shorten Recovery Time: Blending both treatments to address your pain or injury can reduce the amount of time it takes for your body to heal and regain full mobility. Additionally, if massage therapy follows a chiropractic adjustment, it may help soothe any discomfort that is brought on by the manipulations.

4. Provide Lasting Relief: This complementary treatment program can achieve faster and long-lasting results to treat various types of discomfort within the body. Although different parts of the body are addressed, both chiropractic care and massage therapy work to reduce the strain on your nerves to enhance the functions of your nervous system and eliminate pain.

Visit MaxLife Chiropractic for Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy Services

Chiropractic care and massage therapy are closely connected and when used together, are extremely effective at resolving issues that affect your health so you can function at a more optimal level. If you are interested in a more natural, non-invasive approach to health care, visit Dr. Jason Harrison at MaxLife Chiropractic. Over the last decade, he has mastered the necessary skills to provide effective pain relief and enhance the overall well-being of his patients. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will listen, diagnose, and treat the root cause of your pain while also administering tailored, preventative care. Our goal is to provide quality chiropractic care, massage therapy, and other services and products to help you maximize a healthy lifestyle.

Please contact us at (317) 808-5675 if you have any questions about our services or if you would like to set up an appointment today.

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What is the Difference between Chiropractors and Physical Therapists?

Chiropractic v Physical Therapist - What is the difference

What is the Difference between Chiropractors and Physical Therapists?

Chiropractors and Physical Therapists share a similar scope of practice. Although they use different techniques, both professions use their expertise to rehabilitate and relieve pain. If you have recently suffered an injury or been in an accident and are experiencing musculoskeletal problems, you may be wondering what type of medical professional you should see. To help you make an informed decision and find the right solution for your pain, it’s important to understand the key differences between Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy.

Exploring the Main Differences

There are main distinctions between Chiropractors and Physical Therapists. Read below to learn more about these differences so you can determine the best treatment course to suit your individual needs:

1. Treatment philosophy and clinical expertise

Chiropractors: Focus on freeing up stress on the central nervous system. The central nervous system controls and regulates the whole body; it’s the master control system. You experience your life through your nervous system. Any obstructions or interference are removed as underlying issues are addressed vs masked with over the counter or prescription meds (anti-inflammatories, pain killers, muscle relaxers), injections or even surgery. Obstructions or interference could be muscle spasms, subluxations (bone’s misaligned) or scar tissue. Chiropractors also identify what aspects of your life presently and in the past have led to your predicament creating pain and symptoms affecting your overall capabilities and comfortability. Identifying overworked and bound up areas and taking the stress and tension out of these areas with soft tissue work, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, traction, massage, stretches, exercises and/or the all-important manual adjustment are the objective. Three things affect how long it will take before the issue(s) are resolved: how long the issue(s) been there, how severe is the situation, and how many areas have to be addressed. Advice and recommendations are given when necessary to address things being done to the benefit or detriment of someone’s overall health. Chiropractic manual adjustments seek to create balance and symmetry structurally for the individual. Pain reduction and performance enhancement are the goals. Almost every if not every MLB, NFL and NBA team have employed a team chiropractor to address issues described.

Physical Therapists: Their objective is similar, but a huge focus is placed on weakened areas that need to be stronger to create balance and symmetry vs overworked areas that a Chiropractor identifies. Their tools and techniques are similar but the angle with which they approach the situation can vary in relationship to how a Chiropractor would address the issue.

2. Education

Chiropractors: A long educational process must be completed in order to become licensed in either profession. To obtain a Doctorate in Chiropractic, students must complete between 6-8 years of schooling including 3-4 years of undergraduate studies and 5,200 instructional hours. An individual is required to complete up to 4 additional years of study at a chiropractic school, and finally pass the National & State Board exams including a separate physiotherapy exam.

Physical Therapists: A Doctorate of Physical Therapy is typically a 7 year program. Students must complete 4 years of undergraduate studies and approximately 3,500 instructional hours. Following the completion of undergraduate studies, 3 years of physical therapy school must be completed. In addition, students must pass the National Physical Therapy Exam.

Should You Choose One Treatment Over the Other?

While Chiropractic care and Physical Therapy are both excellent options considering what your problem(s) are. If you have overworked, over-stressed bound up areas and there’s interference to your nervous system, muscular system, joints and/or bones Chiropractic is the option that should be sought. Instead of a workout to build up muscles like you would experience at the gym or with a personal trainer or Physical Therapist…a workout happens to you while getting intervention from the Chiropractor or Massage Therapist. Sometimes soreness and achiness are side effects like you would experience from a good workout after being seen. Someone’s condition improving can happen as quickly as the first visit or take a few visits until that would happen based upon how problematic the issues are to resolve.

Physical Therapy is an excellent option for building up weakened areas from underuse or post-surgical are the most common reasons reported to us when people by far benefited the most from this form of intervention.

Find Relief for Your Pain at MaxLife Chiropractic

At MaxLife Chiropractic, we take the natural health care approach to relieving pain, increasing energy, and enhancing your overall well-being. If you need an adjustment, Dr. Jason Harrison is here to help. Dr. Harrison has an extensive background in Chiropractic care, having spent over a decade and approaching 16 years refining his knowledge and perfecting his technique. Our dedicated staff is extremely passionate about providing patients with personalized care so you can continue to get the most out of life. We also offer additional products and services including massage therapy and a wide range of supplements to aid in your recovery.

Please contact us at (317) 808-5675 if you have any questions about our services or if you would like to set up an appointment today.

The Benefits of Sports Chiropractic

Chiropractic for Sports Injuries

The Benefits of Sports Chiropractic

As chiropractic care becomes increasingly mainstream, some practitioners are turning their focus to a more specific branch of therapy known as sports chiropractic. While it is a relatively new subspecialty, sports chiropractic has already established a presence at elite sporting events like the Olympic Games and World Games. Today, the industry continues to grow rapidly on both a national and international scale.

Chiropractors in this field provide treatment to athletes who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries. Sports chiropractic targets all areas of the body, whereby removing soft tissue tension such as muscle spasms and scar tissue to allow for more range of motion. This healing method is extremely beneficial for all aspects of life and especially for those who put their body through more demanding activities like sports.

How can Sports Chiropractic Help You?

Athletes of all levels have been turning to chiropractors and massage therapists to help them with strength and conditioning for years. Sports chiropractics treat athletes using a multimodal approach that can include one or more of the following:

  • Manipulation
  • Mobilization
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nutritional Advice
  • Strapping and Bracing

If you are looking to get back the competitive edge you had prior to experiencing pain or injury, a sports chiropractor should be included as an essential part of your treatment plan. We all put stress on our bodies with what we demand from it on a daily basis. For athletes, having a properly aligned skeletal system and the least amount of soft tissue tension will help significantly enhance your performance.

Five Reasons Why Chiropractic Treatment is Beneficial for Athletes

1. Improves Range of Motion
2. Decreases Healing Time
3. Minimizes Long-term Pain
4. Avoid Prescription Drug Use
5. Non-Invasive Treatment

Sports chiropractic can help you address issues related to performance and treat your sports-related injuries. Chiropractors are highly regarded in the natural health care world since we are qualified to diagnose and treat your body without relying on drugs or invasive procedures. For this reason, sports chiropractic is an extremely important resource for athletes to help keep your body in peak condition, devoid of a long recovery period.

Meet Your Sports Chiropractor at MaxLife Chiropractic

Whether you are a professional, collegiate, or grade school athlete, we guarantee that you will find personalized care at MaxLife Chiropractic. We are a passionate and highly dedicated team, focused on injury prevention and healing. As an athlete himself, Dr. Jason Harrison has an extensive background in understanding what you require from your mind and body to achieve optimal performance and success at your sport. If you are seeking preventative treatment or injury management, find out what we can do for you today.

Call 317-808-5675 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Harrison located in Fishers, Indiana

Chiropractic Care for Children

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Children

Many parents underestimate the benefits of chiropractic care for children. However, kids have been seeing chiropractors for adjustments and other chiropractic treatments for a wide range of symptoms since 1895.

While it’s true that children do not have the same types of neuromusculoskeletal problems as adults, they can still suffer from stress and injuries that don’t heal correctly. Small adjustments help eliminate blockages, or subluxations, which prevent them from enjoying a full range of motion when they purpose play and go about their daily activities. The of chiropractic treatment is to use non-invasive methods to help every patient live their very best quality of life. That applies to people of all ages, including kids.

Why Take Your Child to the Chiropractor?

Children have more than just growing pains. They play hard and often don’t realize the extent of their injuries or muscle strain. Kids may walk around with pain or have trouble moving, yet not fully understand this is not normal. Therefore, it is important to keep a close eye on children for any changes in their gait or normal behavior.

Catching these issues early allows chiropractors to treat children in a more proactive way. The damage associated with long-term problems is not yet present, enabling a quicker healing process. In addition, chiropractic care is a great way for children who suffer from stress or anxiety to relax. Gentle or percussion massages may alleviate tension that causes mental and physical discomfort.

Teenagers and older kids who participate in sports or prolonged study sessions bent over books or computer screens can have extremely noticeable symptoms. Headaches, muscle aches, and blockages can develop, which prevent proper healing. Early intervention may cure many of these problems with very simple methods of treatment; preventing small problems from turning into lifelong sources of discomfort.

Methods of Treatment

While it’s always best to seek out medical care in the event of an emergency or for something that might require internal medicine, a visit to your chiropractor may help with several issues. The methods a chiropractor uses may include:

  • Light massage
  • Percussion massage
  • Trigger point pressure treatment
  • Small manual adjustments

Additional methods might be appropriate, but the entire treatment plan needs to be carefully customized for the size and age of the child. Small bones are still growing, and as professionals, we know how to respect this.

Visiting the Chiropractor Doesn’t Have to be Scary

Any type of doctor’s visit can make children feel scared or hesitant. At MaxLife Chiropractic, we understand, and we’ll do everything in our power to make this doctor’s visit as fun and stress-free as possible. Many of our patients look forward to their appointments, and you and your child’s comfort is our number one priority.

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The Surprising Benefits of Orthotics

The Surprising Benefits of Orthotics

Do Orthotics Work?

Back pain doesn’t always start with the back. That’s a fact that surprises a lot of patients who have been focused on treating only one area of their body for a long time. Posture, the way you walk, and your feet can all contribute to pain in other areas of the body. While chiropractic treatments can help, you need the right support each time you get on your feet and move around.

Just like the rest of your body, your feet may go through significant changes as you age. Think of your feet as shock absorbers for the rest of your body. When they aren’t working as they should, each step creates an impact that travels all the way up your spine. Poor arch support over several years can lead to a breakdown that travels from the joints in the foot to the spine; leading to joint pain.

Over time, this impact can cause chronic pain and lasting damage. I’ve discovered that the best way to combat this is with the help of customized orthotics.

Why Dr. Jason Harrison Recommends Orthotics

Orthotics are specialized inserts that are designed to compensate for weak points along the bottom of the foot. Also known as spinal stabilizers, orthotics work by supporting and reinforcing the ball of the foot, the heel of the foot, and the medial and lateral arches. This correctly distributes the impact of walking and running which reduces biomechanical imbalances to the ankles, knees, hips, and spine.

Dr. Harrison has been using Foot Levelers for over a decade and recommends them for many of his patients. The company has been around for over six decades and are experts at customizing orthotics. Foot Leveler inserts can be customized for shoes, boots, heels, and even sandals. Customized orthotics help with many conditions, including:

  • Flat or depleted arches
  • High or poorly supported arches
  • Ankle pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Heel pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Back pain

Orthotics can come in 3 levels of padding depending on the type of support needed and the shoes being worn. Dr. Harrison believes it is a good idea to own more than one pair. This allows you to wear them consistently, which is important when they are needed for corrective reasons.

Improve the Quality of Your Life with Custom Orthotics

Imagine sleeping every single night without a pillow. Then, one day you try sleeping with the most comfortable pillow possible. This is what it’s like when you go from never wearing orthotics to using custom-made inserts.

Listen to what one of Dr. Jason Harrison’s patients says about his new orthotics:

At MaxLife Chiropractic, our main goal is to improve the quality of life for our patients. We focus on the pain and its cause; which means taking a head-to-toe approach to treatment. Orthotic inserts are a great tool that can improve your quality of life and help you move comfortably, no matter what activity you are doing.

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Finding Headache Relief with Chiropractic Care

Finding Headache Relief with Chiropractic Care

Can a Chiropractor Help with Headaches?

If you experience chronic headaches or frequently experience sudden pain from migraines or stress, then you may need to visit us at MaxLife Chiropractic. Pain doesn’t have to be a normal part of your life. No one should have to work around headaches and the frequent debilitating pounding that comes with them. Visiting your chiropractor can help you to identify the cause of your headaches, and to treat them in a way that targets the problem at the source.

According to research provided by the American Chiropractic Association, 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from some sort of frequent headaches. This number is huge when you compare it to the U.S. population. Only about 5 percent of these headaches herald a more serious medical condition—meaning that most are based in the head and neck themselves. Spinal manipulation can clear blockages, improve posture, and alleviate head and neck pain related to musculoskeletal issues.

How Can a Chiropractor Provide Relief for Headaches?

There are a number of steps your chiropractor can take to help you fight back against headache pain, including:

  • Identify the source of the headaches and develop a treatment plan to provide relief.
  • Perform chiropractic adjustment that can realign your spine, alleviating stress on the neck and head.
  • Help to come up with a nutritional plan or suggest changes to your daily activities and posture problems.

You may not even be aware of behaviors that are contributing to your headaches. Talking to a trained and licensed chiropractic doctor can give you insight into triggers, issues with alignment, and other factors that may be the source of serious pain. Common causes of headaches include:

  • Chronic stress and tensing of the muscles
  • “Computer posture,” or sitting in a hunched position all day
  • Poor nutrition or a reliance on caffeine
  • Insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns
  • Spinal blockages preventing proper movement in joints relating to the head and neck
  • Problems with joints in the jaw (often overlooked)

Reaching Out for Help

At MaxLife Chiropractic, we understand how disruptive even an occasional headache can be to your life. Let Dr. Jason Harrison, a trusted, experienced chiropractor in Fishers Indiana, work with you to get you on the path to relief and a healthier lifestyle!

Call 317-808-5675 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Harrison located in Fishers, Indiana

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– Care methods vary based on patient need. Appropriate treatment will be given to improve your situation.