So, you seem to have joint pain and don’t know whether to visit a chiropractor or a massage therapist. And, in all honesty, you don’t know the difference between the two.
Chiropractic therapy is when a specialist uses their hands or chiropractic tools to manipulate the spine or other parts of the body to realign you. Massage therapists use their hands, elbows, knees, feet, or tools to help the body relieve stress and tension in the muscles.
When someone first goes to chiropractic therapy, they should expect the specialist to request x-rays of the body. After reviewing the x-rays, the doctor will recommend a chiropractic treatment plan that will best help the patient’s pain. When starting treatment, the chiropractor will focus on the alignment of the spine. To do so, the chiropractor will apply controlled pressure on the necessary areas to relieve stress and pressure on the joints.
Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues in the body as well as the manipulation of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Similar to chiropractic therapy, massage therapy helps relieve joint pains in areas such as back, neck, knees, etc. However the main difference between a chiropractor and massage therapist is that a massage therapist uses their hands, feet, elbows, and knees to relieve the patient’s tension between joints.
Nevertheless, don’t settle for just a chiropractic therapy or massage therapy, when you can combine both. Combining both treatments extends the wellness of both treatments since both practices are tools to relieve pain, restore mobility between joints, and increase health.