For Better Chiropractic Results, Get a Massage!

When you have back pain, not just a back ache, but back PAIN! All you can think of is “I need some relief.” There in lies the delimma. Who do you turn to, to get the relief you need? Your PCP for medical treatment? A Chiropractor for an adjustment? Your Massage Therapist to relax and stretch out those muscle?

Medical treatments, while offering quick pain relief through medications, do not usually address the underlying cause of the pain. So, while you may feel better for the next few hours, the pain usually returns fairly quickly, and you will need to take more pills.

Chiropractic treatments, first developed by D.D. Palmer in 1895, specifically addresses the disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

The American Chiropractic Association defines chiropractic as “a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health.” Chiropractic care focuses on the hard tissue; the spine and joints.

Chiropractors most often use spinal manipulation or adjustment techniques to directly treat the causes of back or neck pain. Other issues may be treated effectively with chiropractic care may include joint pain, headaches, ear infections, tendonitis and tension to name a few. Many of these issues, including back pain happen because of misalignment of the spine, sometimes referred to as a subluxation. Through the hands of a skilled chiropractor, he can manipulate or adjust the bones back into alignment which relieves the pain, and increases the flow of blood and energy through the nervous system.

Massage therapy along with Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for centuries. Some of our earliest written history contains massage therapy. In 722 BC, massage appeared in scripture. Massage therapy targets issues that are muscular in nature dealing with the soft tissues in our bodies. Muscle spasms and overworked areas of tension can benefit from massage as well as pulled or strained muscles. Massage therapy isn’t just a pampering, luxury treatment. It has legitimate medical properties effective in aiding in pain management and recovery.


Consider then that the choice is not between needing a chiropractor and selecting a massage therapist, but a balance of the two working together to help relieve both acute and chronic pain. Massage therapy aids chiropractic care, by acting like a “warm-up” for the body prior to the adjustment. Adjustments last longer when muscle tension is released. Tight muscles can pull the newly aligned joints out of alignment, and massage therapy would address that issue directly. In turn, chiropractic care addresses misalignmentswhich gives immediate relief to the soft tissues that massage therapy specifically prioritizes. Soft tissue heals quicker once the joints have been restored to proper position.


This is a natural and holistic approach to medicine that allows for identification and treatment of pain at its very source. Chiropractic care and massage therapy both seek to offer healing through hands-on, drug free techniques that offer long term benefits. When the two are combined, they compliment the healing process which leads to quicker recoveries, easier adjustments, increased range of motion, and improved circulation. So ask your chiropractor about using massage therapy to help speed you healing process and get rid of that “Pain in the neck” once and for all.


Mark R Davenport, LMT#21910

Stress can kill you!

As we go through each and every day, stuff comes up, or things happen that cause us to get angry, frustrated, sad, worried, and bewildered. At the same time, there are many things that occur to bring us joy, happiness, playfulness, bliss, wonder, excitement and a myriad of other positive feel good moments. What a lot of people do not realize however is that we actually have a choice as to how we will feel about the things that occur in our lives. Think about it, your watching your favorite football team play and they lose the game. That can make you feel sad or frustrated ect... while the person next to you on the sofa is elated! Same event, two different ways of feeling. While you may not like the fact your team lost, you could choose to be happy for your friend and share in that elation, instead of wallowing in the negative emotions caused by your disappointment. 

It has been scientifically proven that our thoughts affect our health. Constantly being in the feelings of high stress and anxiety can weaken our immune system and lead to disease. ( dis - ease ) The following link leads to a great article on how our thoughts physically reshape and rewire our brains. Steven Parton,  writes about his discoveries and how the neurons in our brains are influenced by our thoughts and why we tend to think one thing before another, and it comes down to choice, though we may not always be conscious of it. When we practice being mindful of our thoughts we can reshape our brains, our feelings, our reactions to the world around us and shape the life what we want, as opposed to reacting to the life we have. Give it a read.

The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you.

10 Signs Your Energy Field & Chakras are Out of Whack.

Via Ruth Lera on Mar 17, 2015

“When your chakras are aligned, you have the most direct access to Source, however you may define Source (within yourself, outside yourself, or both simultaneously). Just as you hold a glass under the tap so it can be filled, we align with Source by facing into it, turning our attention toward it, and opening our ‘vessel’ in the most direct way possible to receive whatever we are seeking (or whatever Source has in mind). Aligning with Source should be a regular part of your practice whenever you’re focused on manifestation.” ~ Anodea Judith and Lion Goodman, Creating on Purpose

The other day I was visiting with some friends and we were talking about chakras and manifesting, when their 10-year-old son, who was listening to the conversation, interrupted us with this:

“I don’t believe in any of that stuff. What you see is what you see. I just file all of that crazy stuff in my mind as Feng Shui.”

And I have to say, this little speech was pretty cute, coming at us from a face covered in freckles.

But here is the interesting thing—whether we believe in the reality of energy fields and chakras or we don’t believe in the reality of energy fields and chakras, we are affected by their the reality just the same.

Of course, the concepts of energy fields and chakras are pretty intangible and elusive to many of us, and this is normal. But perhaps it is normal because we’re so caught up with the next iPhone we’re going to purchase or the most recent post on our Facebook wall that we’re missing what is literally right in front of our faces.

And we’re missing it because we lack the skills, motivation and, more importantly, belief.

But we all know that belief does not make something real or not real.

I can’t believe gravity to be real or not real. I can’t believe the wifi connecting me to the internet is real or not real. There are a lot of things we can’t see that we can’t use belief to make exist or not exist.

But belief does give us a choice.

We can feel powerless.

We can feel like there’s nothing we can do to effect change in our lives.

Or we can become curious and start investigating what some healthy choices might be in the area of energetic and chakra hygiene.

Truly, the choice is up to each of us.

So, below I am offering 10 signs that can point to the fact that our energy fields and chakras could use some extra love and attention.

1. Feeling overwhelmed easily.

2. Having difficulty making small decisions.

3. Having difficulty having enough money.

4. Having difficulty securing housing.

5. Feeling unsatisfied in relationships.

6. Exhaustion.

7. Finding it impossible to believe in anything.

8. Being uninterested in sex, having fun or creativity.

9. Feeling anxious, stressed or depressed.

10. Not knowing what to do in life.

Yes, these are all very common symptoms.

And this isn’t surprising to me because when our energy field is spread out way too far from our body what happens is that we take in too much information.

This is the true meaning of attention overload.

Many times when I have a session with a client their energy field isn’t even in the room.

Imagine walking around town taking in information from everything going on in the entire city block you’re walking down, or the entire office building you work in. This would be maddening. And many people do find their daily experiences to be maddening, overwhelming and more then they feel they can handle.

And the simple exercise of pulling in our energy fields closer to our bodies can mitigate some of these negative feelings and sensations.

It does take some practice and intention to learn how to work with our energy field in this way, but I believe it is possible for everyone.

And then there are our chakras.

Our information center processors.

The chakras channel information in and out of our systems. If the chakras are blocked then we have to make all of the decisions on our own without the support of these powerful movers and shakers. And this can be very difficult. And exhausting. And can make it feel like we’re putting in a lot effort into our lives for little result.

Just like the quote at the beginning of the article says. When the chakras are aligned the glass fills easily.

When the chakras are aligned what we want becomes clear and getting it becomes easy.

I have had this experience happen in my own life many times.

But of course, I have also had the opposite experience of nothing working out. We all have. I have been exhausted, overwhelmed and felt like my life is never going to come together the way I want it to. And actually, I couldn’t even figure out how I wanted it to come together.

This isn’t a sign of failure. It’s just a sign that we’re human. And it just means normal human stuff is happening to us. But when we’re open to working with the energy field and chakras we have many tools at our disposal to move towards towards health, healing and opportunity.

And all it takes is intention.

The intention to care that our energy field and chakras are healthy and supporting us.

Because the external world is simply a reflection of our internal world. And the internal world gets knocked around daily by the circumstances that occur in the external world.

Life is a delicate dance of internal alignment and external circumstances.

And some of this dance is in our control and some of it isn’t.

But here is what I know. The dance goes much smoother if we can just choose to go right to the middle of the dance floor and boogie our hearts out.

And while were in the middle of the dance floor of our life we can send some love and healing to our energy field and chakras.