Massage Therapy Benefits at Shephard Chiropractic Clinic

Massage therapy at Shephard Chiropractic Clinic in Portland, OR offers many benefits for our patients. It’s important to understand how those benefits work, and why we’re so passionate about using therapeutic massage as one more aspect of our care for your whole body.
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Therapeutic Massage Complements Adjustments

At Shephard Clinic, we want to make sure that every type of treatment you receive will help you improve. That’s why we really love to have therapeutic massage as part of your treatment plan. It complements adjustments and helps give you the full spectrum of care that you need.


Think of it this way: Both adjustments and massage function to help the body heal itself, relieve pain and reduce stress. However, chiropractic adjustments are focused on the hard parts of the body: the bones and the joints. Therapeutic massage helps to provide release and relief for the softer parts of the body: tight muscles and tendons. The treatments work together to help with pain management and prevention.


Ideally, massage will precede the adjustment to loosen up the body and joints. However, if you have an examination scheduled, the adjustment will be prior to the massage, so it doesn’t interfere with the exam process and give any false recovery signs.


Fully Licensed Therapeutic Massage at Shephard Chiropractic Clinic in Portland

Therapeutic massage at Shephard Chiropractic is performed under the direction of the chiropractic physician. It’s performed by trained LMTs (Licensed Massage Therapists). They are licensed in the state of Oregon and have completed training and exams to receive their full license. For any necessary license renewal, there are a number of additional practicum hours that must be completed, as well. Basically: you’re in good hands.


The doctor is the “director” of your treatment plan. After the doctor identifies where your problems are, he will instruct the LMT on: which areas to focus on (that coincide with what the doctor is working on, like your neck and upper body), any specific issues to correct, or specific areas of the body that need to soften/relax. The LMT will then report back to the doctor with any discoveries, progress, and/or concerns after the massage.


Treatment goals with therapeutic massage can include:

  • restoring your range of motion
  • helping minimize soreness and stiffness
  • working out any kinks or knots and
  • working with any underlying structural issues like a rolling rib cage, hips, and pelvic tilts


Therapeutic Massage Helps Chiropractic Patients Reach Wellness Goals

When you come to Shephard Clinic for massage treatment, it is for therapeutic purposes—not necessarily for relaxation (though that may occur, too.) There are many different places that you can go to receive a massage. Not all massages are equal, however. Our chiropractic office is not a spa, and relaxation is not our first priority. Our top priority is to have each patient complete their treatment plan goals, which usually includes:

  1. Pain relief
  2. Stress reduction
  3. Muscle, joint, and tendon relaxation and
  4. Blood flow increase to speed healing


“While it’s certainly nice to be relaxed, the massage treatment at Shephard Chiropractic Clinic works hand in hand with our gentle adjustment and manipulation practices, to help get your body aligned and stay aligned for a more comfortable, regular life doing the things you love.”


Billing Insurance for Therapeutic Massage

Not every insurance covers every aspect of chiropractic care, but therapeutic massage does fall under covered services for some insurance providers. Our front office would be happy to bill your insurance for any therapeutic massage services you receive. Your insurance benefits are there to be used; take the time to review your benefits so you can make the most of the insurance you have.


Portland-based Chiropractic and More at Shephard Clinic

Not all chiropractic offices offer therapeutic massage, x-ray and chiropractic within one place. We are happy to be able to offer all of it under one roof, helping you save time and keep your treatment plan consistent with your providers here. If you need therapeutic massage, we don’t need to refer you out, but you can step into the next room over and have your providers communicate exactly what is going on.


At Shephard Chiropractic Clinic in Portland, Oregon, we’re happy to offer:

  • Gentle chiropractic adjustments using Arthrostim
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Digital x-ray
  • Limited physical therapy
  • Referrals to recommended providers as needed or desired


Contact our office today to schedule an exam and see whether therapeutic massage could be part of an effective treatment plan for you.

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