Understanding the difference between a chiropractor and a massage therapist can help you determine which treatment will suite your aches and pains. While both chiropractors and massage therapists use their hands to treat patient, there are plenty of differences between the two.
Similarities Between Chiropractic and Massage
The similarities between the two practices make them both wonderful options for helping relieve pain. Chiropractic care and massage therapy often go hand-in-hand between the practices. Chiropractors often recommend massage therapy along-side their chiropractic treatment plans. Other similarities include:
- Treatments have immediate effects.
- Drug-free, non-surgical alternatives to pain management.
- Work the body to encourage better alignment.
- Hands-on procedure.
Differences Between Massage and Chiropractic
- Chiropractors can make medical diagnoses; massage therapists cannot.
- Chiropractors can specifically address disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system.
- Massage therapy is known for its relief in tension, pain and often insomnia.
- Chiropractors need to have a 4-year undergraduate education and a 4-year doctorate of chiropractic degree. Massage therapists typically complete 500 hours of training (varies state-to-state.)
Benefits of a Chiropractor or a Massage Therapist
Chiropractors are primary healthcare providers that can treat a number of conditions. Their main goal is to release subluxations in the spine to make sure the body and the nervous system are operating at their optimal level.
Chiropractors can directly treat specific medical conditions, such as:
- Back and neck pain
- Nerve pain
- Disc injuries
- Any aches and pains
Chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal and the spine; Massage Therapists focus on manipulating soft tissues (muscles, ligaments and tendons) to heal the body. Massage therapy can provide health benefits such as:
- Increased blood flow
- Relaxation and reduced anxiety
- Boosted immunity
Which is better?
Ultimately, a balance of the two can help patients suffering from chronic pain. Chiropractors and massage therapists can work together to provide you with the best outcome.
We suggest, if you’re looking to relax, unwind or really straight out some really sore muscles, to visit a massage therapist. If you suffer from pain, discomfort or a possible health condition, visit the chiropractor. A chiropractor can help you determine your condition and make sure you’re good to visit a massage therapist. If you have any concerns that require professional attention, always consider consulting your local chiropractor.
If you would like more information on chiropractic care, give us a call. Higgins Chiropractic does not have a massage therapist on staff, but we do have a lot of connections with local massage therapists. We are willing to help you find one if you seek treatment.