Back, neck and shoulder pain is very common in America today. The reason this is getting more common among us is our lack of movement. The body loves to move but more than that it wants to please us and will mold to our activities or lack thereof. (Muscle memory) The carpenter will develop the muscles and the structure over a relatively short period of time so he can do his job 8 hours a day. The Office executive will develop the muscle and structure so they may sit at a desk 8 hours a day. In each of these examples, over time without attention the body will develop aches and pains.
The human body has about 206 bones and usually more than 700 muscles. The bones only move by muscle stimulation, the nervous system is also surrounded by many muscles. Putting the structure back “in place” is only one step to homeostasis (feeling normal). Sore and stiff muscles if not addressed while the chiropractor is doing his adjustments to your neck, back or other structure, can pull those bones right back to where they were before the adjustment took place, so back you go for another appointment.
Chiropractic has gained a lot of credibility in recent years and has become very competitive. Massage therapy has also gained the respect of the medical community, and most states now have a licensing requirement in order to practice Massage.
Massage has been around a lot longer than chiropractic practices with many of the same benefits. Most Chiropractors work mainly with the bone structure and the effects it has on the nervous system. Some chiropractors will offer some muscle manipulation but it is usually minimal. For an extra charge you can get a massage from a massage therapist in their office. Most of the therapists hired by chiropractors are just out of school and are instructed by the chiropractor as to what to do.
Chiropractic care is not recommended for everyday use unless the conditions are extreme. Massage therapy is not only safe to have every day, but if you could afford it, the benefits are great. If you think about the two kinds of therapies and what they address, the simple answer would be that massage is indicated more often than a chiropractor. I don’t want to bash the chiropractic profession, and I want to briefly explain why there are so many chiropractors out there vying for your business.
This was explained to me by more than one chiropractor. In order to build a successful chiropractic business the new chiropractor must find clients and “sell his services”. One of the most common practices is to see a client and no matter what the condition, they will want to see you 3 times a week for 8 weeks and then reassess after that. I work with a few chiropractors who do not use that practice because of ethics, and will work with the client and address the problems as needed. I do believe chiropractors are a great addition to the medical community when practiced with the intent to help the client, not make the chiropractor a lot of money. I would suggest you be very careful when choosing a chiropractor and ask a lot of questions. If you get the 3 times a week for 8 weeks guy you will know where he/she is going with it, Especially if your pain is not serious
Try a massage first, if you are not getting enough pain relief from your first visit try a chiropractor. If you have serious pain having a chiropractic adjustment first then a massage may be the best thing for you. And remember to ask a lot of questions so you can find the ones who want to help you get better, not the ones that are looking to get rich quick.
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