When combined, massage therapy and chiropractic offer an oppurtunity to help address the source of stress and pain more effectively and efficiently in order to help patients achieve optimal health. Patients often experience quicker pain relief because multiple components of their pain are being addressed simultaneously. Massage can make chiropractic adjustments easier and more effective. When a patient receives massage prior to an adjustment, the massage relaxes the patient's soft tissue, making the chiropractic adjustment easier on the patient and doctor. Chiropractic adjustments may also last longer because once muscle tension is released, muscles are likely to pull joints out of alignment again.