Massage vs. Chiropractic

Pain affecting hard tissue like the spine and joints, and soft tissue including muscles and ligaments, is bound to happen to everyone at some point in life. Sudden, onset pain from specific injuries like athletics or car accidents as well as chronic pain from repetitive habits both affect the body’s musculoskeletal system. Limited range of motion can result from tissue damage, and both chiropractic and massage can restore the body’s mobility.

There is often a dilemma between choosing a massage or chiropractic care to treat pain. Both methods share a similar philosophy –treatment that is drug- free as well as hands on. Things to consider when deciding your course of treatment include the severity of the pain, and patient history.Massage therapy targets issues that are muscular in nature. 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. Chiropractic care specifically addresses the disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Unlike massage therapy, chiropractic care focuses on the hard tissue; the spine and joints. Chiropractors are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and might even use massage in their course of treatment. A spinal manipulation or adjustment is the most common technique employed to treat issues like back pain or neck pain.

Perhaps the choice is not between needing a chiropractor and selecting a massage, but a balance of the two to help chronic pain. Massage therapy can aid in chiropractic care, acting like a “warm- up” for the body prior to the adjustment. Adjustments last longer when muscle tension is released – tight muscles pull joints out of alignment, and massage therapy would address that issue directly.

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