Massage Therapy Versus Chiropractic Care: What’s the Difference and When Should You Get Them?
Exercise will always be one of the things that will always be recommended for a healthy lifestyle. It’s more than just an activity that you do to stay in shape, it’s something that you should always be sure to do. And well, getting fit, and staying fit isn’t an easy task. It involves a lot of hard work as well as dogged dedication and discipline.
It also involves a strength of character to power through the pain. After all, muscles develop by their repeated break down and rebuilding. And you do this by putting them under tension for a set period of time.
The Source of Soreness
The repeated contraction and extension of muscles causes micro-tears in the muscle fibers. These micro tears are then felt as soreness in the muscles.
Muscles become stronger when these micro tears are automatically repaired by the body by absorbing protein into these microtears which then leaves you with a denser muscle fiber than when you weren’t exercising that particular muscle.
But sometimes, it can be easy to simply ignore muscle pain as something that’s just part of the natural process. But, there’s a fine defining line between normal micro-tearing of the muscles and an injury. And for injuries, the two most popular solutions come in the form of massage therapy and chiropractic treatments.
And while both are valid remedies for muscular pain, it pays to know which of these is better for your type of injury.
The Main Differences
A chiropractor is a professional who is trained in treating muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons. This professional is tasked with diagnosing and treating any and all conditions that are related to the musculoskeletal system. They are also allowed to recommend supplements and training routines for their patients.
It’s always a good idea to visit a chiropractor first because they would then be able to provide a more accurate diagnosis of your injury. There are many instances where muscle soreness may not be the true problem and that it may only be an indication of a more serious problem, which chiropractors are trained to detect.
As a general rule, if the pain you feel in your muscle is so intense that it is able to restrict your movement (to the extent that simple tasks such as putting clothes on or walking become a difficult ordeal), you should immediately get checked by a chiropractor.
Depending on the severity of your injury, a chiropractor may choose whether to treat you or to refer you to instead to a massage therapist.
Massage therapists, on the other hand, are trained to treat specific muscle groups. There’s no need to throw the baby out with the water, after all. If the pain is felt in a localized area, and if your chiropractor deems that the injury can be treated by a massage therapist, then, by all means, visit a massage therapist.
Massage therapists provide a wide variety of massage services that include sports massage, Swedish massage, Shiatsu massage, and deep tissue massage, all of which are designed to help alleviate muscle pain by facilitating blood flow. Better blood flow means that nutrients that are necessary for the repair of the particular muscle are transported more efficiently.