Chiropractic or Massage Therapy: Which Is Right For You?

Your body is a delicate machine, and when any of its components break down, it can be extremely painful. When your body hurts, finding a solution is important, but many people are not sure where to turn. If you are suffering from something like back pain, neck pain or shoulder pain, you may wonder whether you should schedule an appointment with your chiropractor or get a massage.

When you are considering an all-natural approach to pain relief, both massage therapy and chiropractic treatment facilitate healing and can provide drastic pain relief.

How do you know which one is right for you? Keep reading to find out!

When You Need to See a Chiropractor

Chiropractors address disorders involving the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Chiropractic care focuses on hard tissue like the spine and the joints, which massage therapy focuses on soft tissue.

Chiropractic care can be used to treat a number of conditions, including:

Chiropractors are medical professionals, and they are authorized to make medical diagnoses and order tests like blood work and x-rays.

When to Get a Massage

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Massage therapy targets the muscles. It is especially beneficial in the treatment of muscle spasms, pulled or strained muscles and overworked areas of tension. Though often thought of as a luxury treatment, massage therapy does have legitimate medical properties and aids in pain management and injury recovery.

A few of the many benefits of massage therapy include:

  • Improved Immunity
  • Better Skin Condition
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Reduced Anxiety

Massage therapy can also help athletes, expectant mothers and even cancer patients due to its natural healing properties.

Combining Chiropractic Treatment and Massage Therapy

In many cases, combining chiropractic treatment and massage therapy allows patients to experience significant pain relief. Massage therapy acts as a “warm-up” that loosens the body and helps adjustments work better and last longer. Likewise, chiropractic treatment eases muscle tension and allows soft tissue to heal faster once proper joint alignment has been restored.

At Denver South Chiropractic, we believe in using massage therapy as a part of our comprehensive chiropractic treatment plans. We also offer massage as a standalone service.

To schedule a consultation, please contact us today by calling 303-757-7272.