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Adjustment or Massage?

Updated on March 12, 2015

Which is better?

We are often asked - is it better to visit the chiropractor and receive regular adjustments, or is it better to go see a massage therapist and receive massages more often? Being a massage therapist my natural instinct is to immediately say, "massage" however, the truth is the best answer is both!

Personally, I'd rather lay on a massage table and have someone "fix me" through massage, but I have found the benefits of letting a chiropractor fix me through an adjustment. And, honestly, there are things a chiropractor can do that a therapist can't, and that a therapist can do that a chiropractor cannot.


Benefits of Massage

There are many known benefits of massage. If you do any internet search you will quickly find that massage can help:

  • Low back pains
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Blood Pressure
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Improve Athletic Performance

Massage also helps relax the muscles that attach to the bones. When muscles are tight they actually pull on the bones, which is usually one of the primary reasons an adjustment is needed.

There are many benefits of touch - massage, a form of touch, has proven to be helpful in treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles.

Hospitals are now finding ways to incorporate on-site massage therapists to assist in postsurgery recovery as well as offering a relief of pain for patients as part of the recovery process.

Massage or Adjustment?

Which is better? Both!
Which is better? Both! | Source

Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

If you do any type of internet search, you will probably find thousands of benefits or receiving an adjustment. A few that common ones right off the top are:

  • Low back pains
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Blood Pressure
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Improve Athletic Performance

Most chiropractors pride themselves in taking a natural, drug-free, approach of helping clients relieving aches and pains that are experienced through discomfort, decreased mobility, or many other symptoms. Most of the time the minor misalignment will go unnoticed and will not cause any major miscommunication between your brain and body.

Did you know - back pain is the second most known ailment in the United States; the first is headaches

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Benefits of Both

Did you notice that the list for the benefits of massage is the same as the list of benefits for a chiropractic adjustment?

Honestly, you could go to one or the other for either - so, why do I say both?

Easy - a Chiropractor will align you, but if your muscles are tight they are going to pull on the bones that were just aligned and pull you out again.

Flip it the other way, if you receive a massage, the muscles relax and there is a possibility that the bones will go back on their own.

However, if you receive a massage, your muscles are relaxed, it is usually easier to get an adjustment. Or, if you get an adjustment followed by a massage, chances are the alignment will hold longer.

The truth is partnering the two modalities will give you the best results.

I can only afford one - what should I do?

Massage is considered a "luxury" to most and unfortunately insurance companies do not consider massage therapy as a true health benefit.

Insurance companies do recognize a chiropractor as a doctor and therefore it is covered under most plans.

So - what do you do if you can't afford both? My theory is, if there is a will, there is a way. At our office - Widdoss Therapeutic Massage we offer discount packages, and have even been known to barter; it never hurts to ask. Is there any other area you can cut back? Can you cut eating out? Going to Starbucks?


What is the bottom line?

Massage and Adjustments are both very beneficial and saying one outweighs the other is really detrimental to both health fields.

A chiropractor is a doctor and is required to go to school longer than a massage therapist. A massage therapist cannot make a diagnosis, but when partnered together - you truly have a winning combination!

Who should you see?

Headache
Back Pain
Athletic Performance
Massage Therapist
Massage Therapist
Massage Therapist
Chiropractor
Chiropractor
Chiropractor
Both
Both
Both
Evaluate your situation, and if you can pair the two, you have a winning match

Can you fix this?

I've had this problem for years, can you fix it in this visit?
I've had this problem for years, can you fix it in this visit? | Source

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