Don’t see a chiropractor without reading this!

You’re seeing a chiropractor because you want to feel and function better. Make sure you read this to avoid a common mistake!

I’ve seen chiropractors since 2002. I suffered from headaches constantly for years. I always had a headache, though the severity varied wildly. My husband (who I had just started dating) suggested I go see his chiropractor, and thank God I did. It changed my life.

I highly recommend the services of a great chiropractic physician. Making sure that 100% of the energy reaches the body is so very important. Taking care of the joints of the structure is also extremely important.

Unfortunately, many chiropractic patients in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch are making a HUGE mistake and ignoring the part that their muscles play in getting better.

Don’t make the same mistake!

Chiropractic + Massage = Working Hand In Hand

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If you’re already seeing a chiropractor, or thinking about seeing a chiropractor… you NEED to make an appointment with me ASAP. 941-321-5311


Let’s start with a little anatomy 101: Muscles attach to bones.

If that muscle is tight, what will it do to the bone? It will pull on it. So if the chiropractor tries to adjust that vertebra, how successful will that adjustment be? How long will it last?

Look at all those muscles! Changing the structure of the body takes work on both the muscles and the nervous system/spine. If you don’t treat the muscles your chiropractic sessions will never be as effective as they could be and you might be wasting your money!

Not only do you need to treat the muscles around the spine as well as treating the spine itself, you have to look at the overall posture. If your abdominal muscles are shortened, you’ll never be able to stand up straight. Which means the muscles in your back will never be able to fully relax.

You have to make sure that muscles that have been overly shortened are lengthened through massage therapy, and that weak muscles are strengthened. You have to release the adhesions and knots, break up the scar tissue, un-rotate the overly-rotated areas…

That’s why working with someone like me, who has ten years of experience and who will give you a truly customized therapy plan (this focus is all I do at my office, unlike many therapists who mostly do relaxation massage and occasionally some of this kind of work) can be extremely beneficial.

You’ll get the most out of your chiropractic treatment plan and start feeling and functioning better ASAP.

Just like making changes to the spine, making changes to the body takes time. The more I see you for your Sarasota massage treatments, the faster we’ll go, the more we’ll address, and each visit will build on the previous one. Too much time in between massages means that you’ll revert to old habits and we’ll have to re-cover old ground.

What are you waiting for? If you’re serious about getting better, call 941-321-5311 today!

Here are some frequently asked questions about how massage therapy works hand-in-hand with chiropractic.

Q: Should I be adjusted before or after my massage?
A: It tends to be better to loosen the muscles prior to the adjustment, but either way will be beneficial!

Q: Who are some great chiropractors in town?
A: There are many! I personally go to Drs. Nicholas and Keri Rowe at Rowe Family Chiropractic.

Q: What type of massage should I be getting if I’m seeing a chiropractor?
A: You need to get work from an expert. There are several in the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch massage community. A full-body massage will NOT cut it if you’re serious about your goals. Would you go to a family doctor for heart surgery? A podiatrist for a pap smear? Find someone, like me, who specializes in helping chiropractic patients.

Q: Do I need a prescription for massage?
A: Maybe. If you are going to submit your treatments for insurance, then that will depend on what your carrier requires. (Not all insurances cover services in my Lakewood Ranch massage office.) If you have certain medical conditions (high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, etc.) you should have a medical doctor write you a release to receive massage with any necessary restrictions clearly noted. If you are paying out of pocket and are relatively healthy, then you don’t need one. However, you should make sure that all your care providers are aware of your treatment plans so that they can work together.

Q: Why does my back pop sometimes during a massage?
A: Massage therapists are NOT trained to do spinal manipulation, nor are we allowed to. It’s outside our scope of practice. However, there are times that the spinal muscles will release their tension during treatment and a vertebrae will slide back into place without any force. It’s nothing to worry about.

Q: What should I expect to pay for therapy?
A: Because they bill insurance and have high overheads, $45-$65 per unit (15-minute increment) is the standard rate in our area through a physical therapy or chiropractic office. My rates ($30/unit) are lower than most of their cash rates and time of service discounts. This allows me to make it affordable for everyone, not just insurance patients. 

Q: Why can’t I just go to a franchise and pay $49 for a massage?
A: Franchises generally do not employ specialists and only expect their therapists to be able to provide a decent general relaxation or deep-tissue massage. If you want to truly feel and function better, you need to find a therapist like me who focuses on medical and rehab massage and can take the time to work with you to customize a plan.

Got more questions? Call 941-321-5311 today.