If you are a current patient at Chesapeake Family Wellness Center, you know that we love mixing chiropractic care with massage therapy in our treatment plans. Our massage therapist Mary is absolutely amazing, and has the same all-natural approach to pain relief that we have with our chiropractic care! We often get asked what the differences between chiropractic care and massage therapy are, and which do we recommend to our patients. To answer this is tricky, so we always like to talk to our patients about the benefits of each treatment.
If you are unfamiliar with massage, chiropractic care, or both – know that you are not alone! Choosing the best method of care is often a dilemma for our new patients because they don’t quite know the difference. In our office, both treatments are taken with a drug-free and hands on approach.
Massage typically targets muscular issues. It’s possible you may not have seriously considered massage therapy for your pain in the past because massage is often thought of as a pampering or luxury treatment. But massage therapy has actually been proven to provide the following benefits:
- Decreased Anxiety
- Reduced Fatigue
- Improved Concentration
- Greater Energy
- Enhanced Sleep Quality
- Increased Circulation
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, the primary reason people receive massage is for health and wellness reasons. Based on a recent customer survey, 78 percent of individuals claim their primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous 12 months was medical (50 percent) or stress (28 percent) related. These medical reasons included pain management, soreness/stiffness/spasms, injury rehabilitation, and overall wellness. So statistically speaking, more Americans seek massage for pain relief than they do for a spa day!
So now knowing some of the numbers on massage therapy and pain relief, how do you choose what type of massage to seek? Check out the three types Mary offers at Chesapeake Family Wellness:
While massage deals with the muscles, chiropractic care addresses issues with the musculoskeletal and nervous system – which includes the spine and joints. Chiropractors use hands on adjustments that can result in the following benefits:
- Headache Relief
- Increased Mobility and Range of Motion
- Arthritic Joint Pain Relief
- Increased Performance and Energy
- Enhanced Tissue Healing and Decreased Tissue Inflammation
- Reduced degeneration and Risk of Injury
Massage Therapist Vs. Chiropractors
Chiropractors are primary health care providers that treat issues dealing with the spine and nervous system. Massage Therapists are trained professionals experienced in treating muscular conditions through a variety of hands on treatments. Check out this Venn diagram to better see the similarities and differences between a massage therapist and a chiropractor:
Chiropractic & Massage Together
So perhaps after reading through this blog, you’re still unable to decide whether chiropractic care or massage therapy will help relieve your pain. And honestly, that is because these two methods of treatment work so well together! The less tense your muscles are, the longer a chiropractic adjustment will last! Because tight muscles pull joints out of alignment, using massage to keep them relaxed will help avoid this issue altogether.
Our Final Thoughts
At Chesapeake Family Wellness, we ultimately want you to find the fastest relief to the pain you are suffering from. A combination of these two treatments can be incredibly effective for relieving pain, restoring mobility, and improving your overall quality of life. At the end of the day, scheduling a first-time chiropractic or massage appointment with us is only a phone call away! Give us a ring at (410) 381-7246 and we would be more than happy to answer any other questions you have on chiropractic care vs. massage therapy!
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