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By DR. GEORGE KOLLIAS
April 08, 2020
Category: Chiropractic

Morning stiffness, limited range of motion, chronic pain—you've lived with them ever since your shoulder injury. At Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, Drs. Kollias, Pally, and Scaz often recommend muscle energy massage as an adjunct to chiropractic care. Here's what it could do for you:

You and your pain

It impacts everything you do. You're stiff, have poor range of motion, and protect your injured shoulder. Besides these problems, Tufts University School of Medicine says that chronic pain lowers your body's immune response to injury and acute illness. Also, you feel and act much older than you are. For example, a middle-aged person with continual pain functions at the level of a healthy 70-year-old.

Massage therapy can help

At Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, Drs. Kollias, Pally, and Scaz see many people after motor vehicle accidents or after sustaining injuries from work or athletic activities. Just like you, they want relief and better function, and therefore, undergo a complete chiropractic exam.

Of course, chiropractic interventions vary depending on your diagnosis. However, most practitioners agree that massage therapy is a wonderful adjunct to any treatment plan.

Massage loosens tight muscles, increases blood flow, and provides an overall sense of relaxation. Softer tissues, such as ligaments and tendons, heal more rapidly and efficiently with massage therapy. Plus, your chiropractor can correct subluxations (misalignments) in your spine more easily when you are fully relaxed.

What is MET?

MET stands for Muscle Energy Technique. This type of massage therapy requires equal participation by both therapist and patient. As such, it is called an active, rather than passive, massage technique.

If your chiropractor in Tampa, FL, recommends muscle energy massage therapy for your shoulder pain, expect your therapist to:

  • Use hands-on strokes to lengthen your muscles in the targeted areas
  • Help your muscles to contract in a subtle way (isometric contractions) so they can relax fully
  • Help you improve your range of motion and your level of pain

Muscle Energy Technique is appropriate for people of all ages and walks of life. It works effectively in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments for:

  • Neck, shoulder, and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Uneven limb length
  • Athletic injuries
  • Edema
  • Headache pain

Find out more

At Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, our doctors and therapists are experts in a wide range of pain management techniques, including muscle energy massage. Don't suffer from dysfunction and discomfort—call us for a complete chiropractic evaluation: (813) 884-1457.