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Massage Therapy Vs. Chiropractor - Which is Better for Back Pain?

Asked on Apr 11, 2010Improve / edit this question

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Dr. Johnson C Philip   L4: Guide   412 answers   +299 votes
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As far as empirical evidence is concerned, massage therpay gives greater relief than chiropratic. If essential oils are used in conjunction with the massage therapy, then the healing would be faster. There is a 3000-year background to massage therapy.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010
Jonas Welliam   L1: Member   4 answers   +3 votes
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For muscle and soft tissue soreness I've found massage to work well, while for issues around the spine and hip / shoulder bones, chiropracty has worked well for me.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010
Ronald chiro   L1: Member   1 answers   +0 votes
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Everyone is different in their techniques and you shouldn't settle for one you aren't completely comfortable with!!! Bedside manner is a big deal but, ultimately stick with the ones that are getting the job done to your satisfaction. Good luck.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010
Colleen Costello   L2: Contributor   21 answers   +25 votes
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Everyone's pain is different. What works for some may not work for you. You should consider trying both and see which your back pain responds better to. Also, acupuncture is an ancient and effective method of managing back pain. I've seen people with as few as one or two treatments become essentially pain free. Yoga is another great way to align the spine and reduce back pain while also increasing your strength and flexibility.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010
Natasha Polak   L4: Guide   175 answers   +113 votes
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Your question is very timely, since I happened to write about my local chiropractic and wellness center yesterday on here!  I strongly believe that both are necessary to wellness; massage has its benefits in easing pain, but chiropractic eliminates the problem.  Sometimes, however, the problem gets so bad that you have to go back and forth to work out the tightness in order for a chiropractic adjustment to hold.  That is why drinking enough water, exercising, practicing good posture, and trying to get a handle on your stress are so important.  Your body responds to what you do to it, so if you abuse it in any way (i.e. by hunching over or enduring heavy lifting incorrectly), you can suffer long-lasting effects.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010
Yvette Brooks   L2: Contributor   13 answers   +9 votes
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Both modalities are excellent however to state which is best for back pain would depend on the type of situation one is having with their back.

I will share this, both methods can work together with back pain. An excellent chiropractor knows that alignment is most important and most all of us really need to be adjusted. Some of us need to be adjusted several times a week. Regular day to day motion throughs us off whether we notice it or not. This in turn affects the system of our whole body. This has usually happened before the pain is recognized.

So, an excellent chiropractor and maintenance massage therapy equals a new man/woman.

(Let me know if you need assistance with a chiropractor, as long as you are in the U.S.)

(Good Question. Smile)

Posted on Aug 24, 2010
Michael Gibson   L1: Member   2 answers   +0 votes
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It really depends on the source of the back pain.  If it is neurologically based then you would likely see better results with the chiropractor, if the nerves are working properly and you've just strained a muscle then the massage therapist would probably get better results.  

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Posted on Oct 20, 2010
Michael Vincent   L1: Member   8 answers   +1 votes
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I prefer using massage therapy, Because Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues.

It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.

Essential Oils

Posted on Dec 8, 2010
Yvonne Williams   L3: Expert   13 answers   +15 votes
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It would depend on what is causing the back pain. Rubbing sore muscles won't help if the problem is a spinal misalignment. However, realigning the spine will not help if the case is tense muscles. Many chiropractic offices now include massage therapy in their offerings so that patients can get the right treatment at the right time.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010
Aiken Jones   L1: Member   7 answers   +1 votes
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I think that the both therapy is better for the back pain, it depends on the kind of pain.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010
Natasha Polak   L4: Guide   175 answers   +113 votes
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The way I look at it, massage therapy brings temporary relief, while chiropractic care is more of a long-term fix. It may or may not immediately relieve back pain, but will eventually help your back have less problems.  I am a firm believer in using both those therapies in order to survive!!!

Posted on Jan 7, 2011
Md. Shafiqul Islam   L1: Member   1 answers   +0 votes
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I thinkt hat Massage Therapy is the best option. everybody can try this



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Posted on Jan 7, 2011
Adam Green   L2: Contributor   10 answers   +1 votes
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I want to advice you to try yoga. It helps me a lot. even for erectile dysfunction treatment.

Posted on May 16, 2012
Rhonda Cundiff   L2: Contributor   38 answers   +4 votes
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Have you ever heard of Sacrolliac Joint Injections.  Worked wonders for me.

Check with your local Pain Management Specialist.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

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