St. Louis Massage Therapy & Chiropractic Care
The human body can best be described as a delicate, multi-faceted creation. When it breaks down it informs us by sending signals to us in the form of pain. Sometimes this pain will go away on its own and other times you will need to seek treatment to make it go away. These treatments will normally include such things as physicians’ visits, chiropractic care and even massage therapy. The latter two are all natural healing approaches to restoring health and wellness but they go about accomplishing their healing goals in two totally different ways.
A Patient’s Needs Determine What Type of Therapy Is Needed
When a person has hard or soft tissue pain, such as that pain which comes from the muscles, nerves and joints; they need to find a way to relieve that pain and both massage and chiropractic care can help in many cases. Even injuries sustained in sports and such things as automobile accidents can be treated with both massage and chiropractic care. Both of these therapies are excellent at restoring the range of motion in injured areas and both also have similar philosophies that are based on all-natural healing that is centered on the body’s musculoskeletal system.
So how do you know which type of therapy to choose to treat pain? Things that would make you choose one over the other would include such considerations as the level of pain you are in, the history behind your injury and if it is a covered medical expense.
Let’s break each down so you can see what situations would dictate you to choose one over the other.
Massage as Therapy
Massage therapy deals with issues that are predominately muscle related in nature. Massage can help ease tension and sooth overworked muscles. Unlike some believe, massage is not just for pampering and has some exceptional medical properties that can reduce pain and encourage healing.
During most types of massage there is a manipulation of soft tissue that takes place. The upper layers of muscles benefit the most from this and massage encourages healing by the fact it allows energy and fluids to be free flowing in the body once again.
Chiropractic care focuses directly on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems in the body and the ailments that affect each of these areas. Unlike massage, chiropractic treatment focuses mainly on hard tissue or more specifically spines and joints. Our chiropractors use manual manipulation of the spine to help realign it and this in turn helps a patient’s body be pain free and get back to a more normal working state.
Here are some areas where chiropractic treatment has been found to be especially beneficial:
- Joint pain
- Ear infections
Chiropractors are authorized to order tests such as blood work and x-rays and chiropractic care is commonly used as an integral part of medically supervised overall ‘wellness program’. Chiropractic care is also an approved form of therapy that many insurances will cover the costs of.
So both chiropractic care and massage have their proper places in the treatment of pain and in aiding the body to heal. Many people enjoy the benefits that both of these fine services have to offer and there is no reason you shouldn’t too.