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Massage vs. Chiropractic Treatments


On several occasions, people have sought my opinion about the effectiveness of massage therapy versus chiropractic adjustments. As a licensed massage therapist, here are my two cents. I also acknowledge upfront that I have had only two joint manipulations in my life.

In a nutshell, massage wins hands down.

Just think about it. Since the skeleton is where chiropractors traditionally focus their efforts, let’s start there.

The purpose of the skeleton is to provide support, protection, red blood cell production, and calcium storage. It aids in movement. In contrast, the muscular system aids in movement and circulation of body fluids. It helps maintain posture.

If muscles become too tight or hypertonic, they have the ability to pull bones out of alignment. This is why most chiropractic adjustments have only short-term benefits versus the longer lasting benefits of massage.

Have you ever had a cramp in your feet or hands and had difficulty straightening your toes or fingers?

Well, you have your muscles to thank for these unfortunate experiences. Generally, massage is a corrective remedy.

But, wait, there is additional evidence that massage as a standalone treatment is more effective than standalone chiropractic adjustments. Newer studies show a number of chiropractors no longer perform adjustments. Instead, many now perform manual soft tissue manipulation (aka massage).

But don’t misinterpret me. I’m not advising you avoid chiropractors. I’m merely suggesting that if you want to get the most out of your chiropractic adjustment that you get a massage first.

The evidence will speak for itself.

Come see me at Houston Medical Massage.