Massage Therapy vs Chiropractic

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

I collaborate with a very busy chiropractic office where I also go to receive my adjustments. When I provide chair massage to potential patients, some with obvious spinal misalignment, there is skepticism about chiropractic care. Many would prefer to get a massage quarterly or yearly and believe they are doing their bodies good.

First of all, receiving a massage as infrequently as once a year is not the best approach to optimal health for your muscular and circular system. That’s like expecting your vehicle to run in tip top shape with only a yearly tune up. Second, if there are misalignments in the spine caused by trauma to the skeletal system chiropractic assistance along with massage therapy is ideal.

Massage therapy treats muscle and soft tissue by broadening muscle fibers so blood can flow and heal. Chiropractic care involves a diagnosis and treatment that involves adjustments of the spine.

The two go hand in hand. Both professions are experts on the human body. Chiropractors and massage therapists are required to pass national board exams before being eligible for a license in Maryland.

What do I tell these folks? Come see me before, during treatments and after your spinal adjustments for lasting effects. Massage therapy is often a part of a long-term chiropractic treatment plan.

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