Massage Therapy and chiropractic care are holistic treatments that encourage the body to heal itself naturally, rather than to rely on medication. If you experience back pain, you may be wondering to yourself, “Should I see a chiropractor or a masseuse?”. The answer is - you should likely see both.
To understand what differentiates chiropractic care from Massage Therapy, we can take a look at last week’s post, Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment: What’s the difference? which explained,
“Chiropractic adjustment involves a trained Chiropractor applying controlled force to different parts of the spinal joint in order to correct the body’s physical alignment. Chiropractic care is entirely neuroskeletal, dealing solely with the skull and spine.
Massage Therapy, however, deals entirely with the body’s soft tissue. It involves strategic pressure on muscles, tendons and ligaments in order to relieve pain and tension.”
We went on to discuss how chiropractic care is often better for “sharper” pains while Massage Therapy is better for “duller” ones. Quite often, however, the combination of the two treatments will bring out the best in both of them.
A Perfect Combo
Massage Therapy can be very effective in preparing for a chiropractic adjustment. Relaxing a patient’s muscles with a massage can help give a Chiropractor easier access to the joints in need of adjustment.
There are also benefits to receiving Massage Therapy immediately after a chiropractic adjustment. For one, it can help the adjusted spinal joints remain aligned by relieving pressure put on them by tightening muscles. Additionally, it can help promote further stress relief.
Massage Therapy and chiropractic care are both excellent for injury recovery, stress, and back pain relief. If you experience back pain, ask your doctor if pairing Massage Therapy and chiropractic care might be right for you.
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More on National Chiropractic Month:
How Massage Therapy Can Help Fix Your Posture and Give You a Better Back:
A Brief History of Chiropractic Care
Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment: What's the difference?