Massage Therapy or Chiropractic Care?

8j7n2tj5If you feel pains in your back, neck, or other areas, you may find yourself seeking medical help. Both chiropractic therapy and deep tissue massage are effective ways to remedy these pains. But with all of the options for pain relief, you may ask yourself: Do I need chiropractic care or deep tissue massage therapy? There are many differences between the two.

Chiropractic Care:

Chiropractic therapists are able to take medical action, such as diagnoses, ordering X-rays, requesting blood work, etc. If you think you may have a serious medical issue such as carpal tunnel syndrome or degenerative disc disease, you should see a chiropractic therapist.
Chiropractic therapists focus on readjusting and realigning the spine, joints, and other hard tissue instead of just massaging it. While they are trained in basic massage techniques, they usually do not concentrate on them during therapy sessions.

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy:

Massage therapists are not able to take medical action. Although they may have some educated guesses about your situation, they cannot make a diagnosis or call for other medical tests to help solve the problem.
Massage therapists can perform techniques like kneading, rubbing, and application of pressure to problem areas consisting of soft tissue. They can help relieve pain in muscles, tendons and ligaments. However, they are not trained in the readjusting or realigning of the spine or joints.

There are some similarities between the two, as well. For example, neither therapist is able to prescribe medication, but both are usually educated in home or over-the-counter remedies for pain relief. Neither therapist requires an outside referral from a doctor or other source to conduct therapy sessions. Both therapists perform work that helps rid the body of toxins within the tissue, which leads to a healthier, happier you.

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