CHIROPRACTIC V. MASSAGE:
What’s best for you?

Massage Therapy

When it comes to addressing back, neck and shoulder pain, massage therapy and chiropractic care are two of the most common treatment methods chosen by patients. But while chiropractic and massage both provide natural therapy for the body to heal, chiropractic care focuses on long-lasting, preventative treatment that treats the whole body system.

WHAT ARE THE Key Differences BETWEEN CHIROPRACTIC THERAPY AND MASSAGE?

CHIROPRACTIC V. MASSAGE

Treatment

Chiropractic

Treats the entire musculoskeletal system (spine, bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles)

Massage

Primarily targets muscles

Muscle Manipulation

Chiropractic

Employs spinal adjustments that correct misalignments of the spine that interfere in the communication between your brain and the rest of your body, an interference that can cause lasting health issues if not addressed properly. Focuses on long-term and preventative treatment

Massage

Involves soft tissue manipulation

LONG-TERM TREATMENT

Chiropractic

Focuses on long-term and preventative treatment

Massage

Relief is usually temporary

PAIN TREATMENT

Chiropractic

Can treat pain, reduce stress, promote better ergonomics and improve range of motion

Massage

Provides relaxation and promotes better circulation

Diagnoses and Referrals

Chiropractic

Diagnoses and referrals to other medical specialists can be made by Chiropractors. X-rays and blood work requests can also be made to determine causes of pain

Massage

Therapists cannot make diagnoses of any kind

Chiropractic Massage
Treatment Treats the entire musculoskeletal system (spine, bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles) Primarily targets muscles
Muscle Manipulation Employs spinal adjustments that correct misalignments of the spine that interfere in the communication between your brain and the rest of your body, an interference that can cause lasting health issues if not addressed properly Involves soft tissue manipulation
Long-term treatment Focuses on long-term and preventative treatment Relief is usually temporary
Pain Treatment Can treat pain, reduce stress, promote better ergonomics and improve range of motion Provides relaxation and promotes better circulation
Diagnoses and Referrals Diagnoses and referrals to other medical specialists can be made by Chiropractors. X-rays and blood work requests can also be made to determine causes of pain Therapists cannot make diagnoses of any kind
Massage Therapy

How DOES CHIROPRACTIC WORK WITH MASSAGE THERAPY?

Chiropractic spinal adjustments are more effective in relieving pain when a patient’s muscle tension is eased, as it is after massage therapy. Chiropractic and massage therapy work hand-in-hand and chiropractic adjustments are more effective in treating pain when a person is experiencing conditions such as headaches, carpal tunnel, sciatica and arthritis.

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