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Relieving Pain With Muscle Therapy

A study from 2014 by Annals of Family Medicine found that receiving a regular therapeutic massage two or three times a week aided in relieving chronic pain better than no massage or fewer massage sessions.


In today’s article, we’ll explore the benefits of muscle therapy for relieving pain.


What is muscle therapy?

Muscle therapy is one of the best ways to reduce pain in your muscles therapeutically. When treated by a Licensed Massage Therapist, the odds of increasing functional use of your muscles increases.


Types of muscle therapy

When it comes to muscle therapy, there are a few approaches that you can take to address your pain and set yourself up for optimal recovery.


Massage therapy

Massage therapy is the practice of providing hands-on movement to enhance your well-being and soft tissue. Massage targets many areas: your connective tissue, such as the fascia, your tendons and ligaments, and of course, your muscles.


Assisted stretching

Let’s face it, when has stretching ever felt bad? Stretching is one of the most effective ways to reduce muscle tightness, improve flexibility, decrease stress levels, improve your athletic performance, and increase your range of motion.


What is assisted stretching? At times doing a stretching routine on your own doesn’t allow you to pinpoint areas of weakness. Knowing this, having someone like Dr. Doug or Dr. Mike at ProActive Health to help guide you through a stretching session can do wonders in reaching those areas of weakness and tightness.


Shockwave therapy

Extracorporeal focused shockwave therapy has been clinically proven to treat people who experience chronic pain in their bodies. More specifically, it's a form of physical therapy targeting deeper conditions such as plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff pains, gluteal muscles/tendons, tendonitis, shoulder pain, knee pain, deep trigger points, etc.


Shockwave therapy uses a special device to transmit high energy acoustic waves to stimulate your body’s cells and its intrinsic healing mechanism. The waves then break up calcium, scar tissue deposits, boost new blood vessel formation and metabolism, and activate your body’s natural healing process.

Set up a free consultation by calling our office at 574-271-1771 to find out if this therapy will help you.



Visit us at ProActive Health today to “Align Your Spine, Realign Your Life!”


Ready to see a chiropractor, whether for the first time or as someone looking to visit a new chiropractic office? Dr. Doug Patterson or Dr. Michael Hummer at ProActive Health is the top choice in the Michiana area! He’ll help guide you in developing a plan to tackle a routine exercise plan, consuming the right foods, and targeting your goals with chiropractic care.


Dr. Doug Patterson hurt his back in 1993 and thus he first sought the care of a Chiropractor. After this experience, he decided he wanted to help people himself by pursuing chiropractic. He is a 1997 graduate of the Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia, and has been in practice for 25+ years. Since then, Dr. Doug has expanded his field of practice to include functional medicine, science-based nutrition, and now certified in Shockwave Therapy. Schedule a visit with Dr. Doug at ProActive Health today!


Dr. Mike is native to northern Indiana, Michael Hummer grew up very active and found great enjoyment playing football, rugby, and wrestling. Michael earned his undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Ashland University where as a student-athlete he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. After graduation, he went on to become a personal trainer, and through his passion for both fitness and nutrition, he helped people to achieve their own goals and acquire greater health and wellness. At the same time, Michael also enjoyed working with and inspiring the local youth throughout his community through his dedication as a volunteer wrestling coach. Dr. Mike earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan University. In this new chapter he is excited to apply his education and versatile skillset in aiding the community as they strive for greater health and happiness. Dr. Mike is now certified in Shockwave Therapy. Schedule a visit with Dr. Mike at ProActive Health today!

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