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Chiropractic Care vs. Massage Therapy

July 14, 2017

When it comes to back pain, the question might arise if chiropractic care or massage therapy will better suit the problem? Chiropractic primarily focuses on releasing subluxations in the spine and improving nervous system function. Massage therapy, on the other hand, focuses more on healing by treating muscular conditions, relieving muscle pain, and decreasing any stiffness and tension in muscles.

So overall, chiropractic care is a more significant form of treatment than massage therapy, but chiropractors will recommend massage therapy instead of chiropractic care if necessary.

Another big difference is the amount of time it takes to become specialized in each respective field. An undergraduate degree and doctorate degree in chiropractic care can take about eight years and requires extensive training, a residency program, and getting certified. Massage therapy only needs about 500 hours of training, depending on the state.

The other differences between chiropractic care and massage therapy are:

  • Chiropractic care treats the spine.
  • Chiropractic care treats bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles, typically with spinal manipulation.
  • Chiropractic care also uses forms of massage, physical, and ultrasound therapy.
  • A chiropractor can perform an x-ray and provide nutritional and exercise plans.
  • Massage therapists focuses primarily on muscles.
  • Massage therapists perform Swedish, sports, and deep tissue massages.

To summarize it all up, massage therapy better suits things like sore muscles or healing, while chiropractic care will better suit pain, discomfort, and health issues.

Lastly, a chiropractor has the ability to refer patients to other specialists including massage therapists. So usually the best thing to do is visit a chiropractor first. Don’t be surprised if they recommend a massage therapist to better suit your needs.

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