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How do I know if I should see a massage therapist or a chiropractor?

How do I know if I should see a massage therapist or a chiropractor?

See an MD: You should not see either of these providers until your issue such as pain or injury, has been evaluated by your family doctor and perhaps an orthopod. Use their recommendation for the next step which is likely to be a physical therapist. Massage therapist provide a gentle comfortable massage. Chiropractors provide a strenuous, sometimes dangerous massage and no cures. ...Read more

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Chiropractors (Definition)

Chiropractors are licensed professionals who practice a form of alternative medicine in treating patients with health problems relating to the body's muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems. They usually focus on manipulating and adjusting the spine ...Read more


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What is the safest muscle cream that is over the counter that I can use once a night for a few months? I see a massage therapist and chiropractor.

What is the safest muscle cream that is over the counter that I can use once a night for a few months? I see a massage therapist and chiropractor.

Magnesium oil: Magnesium oil is a very good option for occasional muscular aches and pains. Magnesium acts as a natural muscle relaxant and can help to relax tight muscle groups. You can also take a bath in Epsom salts to help relieve pain, promote relaxation and relieve sore muscles. ...Read more

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Lower back pain spasm do I see a chiropractor? And or massage therapist. When I stand it hurts &walk but have to wear my weightbelt to help me move

Lower back pain spasm do I see a chiropractor? And or massage therapist. When I stand it hurts &walk but have to wear my weightbelt to help me move

Both: No harm in seeing both. If you had to choose, either will do initially. The chiropractor has the added benefit of being more extensively trained which can go a long way to getting a diagnosis which is more important than the cure of pain now. ...Read more

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How do you decide whether you need to go to a massage therapist or a chiropractor?

How do you decide whether you need to go to a massage therapist or a chiropractor?

Varies greatly: This depends on what you are trying to treat and who your practitioner is. For instance craniosacral therapy is done by some massage therapists and chiropractors — good for various musculoskeletal problems. Generally, chiropractors work on joints(ribs, spine...). Massage therapists work on the soft tissue (muscles, connective tissue...). Ideally both joints and soft tissue are treated! ...Read more

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What can a chiropractor treat that a massage therapist can't?

Malalignment: Well from each point of view(and they each have a distinct one) a chiropractor can treat spinal malalignments; thus relieving muscular 'knots' by promoting 'normal' spinal nerve function. A massage therapist can relieve the same knots but from the soft tissue perspective by working them out. Now each discipline has its merits and pitfalls so my advice is "let the buyer beware". ...Read more

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What is the difference between a massage therapist and a chiropractor?

What is the difference between a massage therapist and a chiropractor?

Different Focus: A massage therapist generally works with the muscles and tissues using various techniques treat various problems. Chiropractors work with the joints in the skeleton, making adjustments to treat problems. They may use some soft tissue techniques in their treatment, similar to massage. Both require training and should be licensed by the state. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a massage therapist and a chiropractor?

Yes: Vertiver is an essential oil that alone or in combination with other oils could be used to help reduce stress- physical and mental. It is known as the "oil of tranquility". It could be used by inhalation, baths, massages.
That is a gentle tool for controlling anger in combination with others-
breathing exercises, brisk walking, cognitive behavioral therapy, past life therapy, ... ...Read more

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I went to the chiropractor yesterday and my massage therapist was a little heavier handed then I usually have. Now my neck and shoulder have swelling.

I went to the chiropractor yesterday and my massage therapist was a little heavier handed then I usually have. Now my neck and shoulder have swelling.

Bad idea: The deep, dangerous thrusting undertaken by chiropractors can be dangerous. And they usually have no consent form as to the danger. Never let a chiropractor do anything to your neck. Those bones are not designed to handle such abuse. Thoracic and Lumbar vertebrae can withstand such thrusting. You might entertain the thought that seeing a chiropractor is in fact a waste of money. ...Read more

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Massage therapist with C-dif. Is it ok to be out of the house & can I work & see massage clients? Started flagyl yesterday. Interview for work thursda

Massage therapist with C-dif. Is it ok to be out of the house & can I work & see massage clients? Started flagyl yesterday. Interview for work thursda

C. diff spores: If you have C. diff you should be careful not to spread the illness. If you're just starting the medication I would be concerned it has not yet taken full effect. I would recommend to finish the prescribed course and check with your doc. You want to make sure there is no diarrhea at all, as Flagyl doesn't work 20% of the time. Important to take a lot of fluids, rest now. Work will always be there ...Read more

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Have shoulder stiffness not sure if muscle related or rotator cuff tear. What doctor should I see? Working with massage therapist now.

Have shoulder stiffness not sure if muscle related or rotator cuff tear. What doctor should I see?  Working with massage therapist now.

X ray: X-ray may show hypertrophy of a-c joint. Mri will show if such arthritis has injured one of the 4 rotator ligaments. So any doctor that could prescribe those. ...Read more

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How can I ease my anxiety about seeing a massage therapist?

How can I ease my anxiety about seeing a massage therapist?

Take it slowly: I assume you were referred to a massage therapist, or feel massage would help even though you're anxious about it. (otherwise I'd say just don't go.) Like most other therapists, a massage therapist will understand if it's new to you and the idea makes you uncomfortable. Read about massage, and maybe start with a short session, or limit it to parts of your body that don't trigger anxiety. ...Read more

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What is the risk of aquiring it if my massage therapist have hepa? Is sweat capable of transmitting such illness?

What is the risk of aquiring it if my massage therapist have hepa? Is sweat capable of transmitting such illness?

Zero: There is zero risk of catching hepatitis A form a massage (mathematically rounding to zero, of course). Life is not about absolutes... the hepatitis A viruses have to get into one's mouth somehow. By remembering that, one should be able to stay worry-free. Also, hepatitis A is not transmitted to other people via the sweat of an infected person. ...Read more

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Can a massage therapist help torn tendons/ligaments?

Can a massage therapist help torn tendons/ligaments?

Depends: They may be able to decrease some discomfort, but full tears often of tendons or ligaments usually require surgical repair. Partial or microscopic tears may benefit from massaging the area and stimulating blood flow. ...Read more

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Should a shiatsu massage therapist take a complementary and alternative medicine course?

Should a shiatsu massage therapist take a complementary and alternative medicine course?

Why would s/he?: Someone already trained in shiatsu massage is presumably competent to practice his/her own area of complementary and alternative medicine (cam). Unless s/he wants to also learn about other treatments and systems of healing that are part of cam, it seems unnecessary. An "overview" course in cam would probably be less in depth in any one area than needed to really practice that modality well. ...Read more

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I work as a massage therapist, can you contract hepititis c or aids giving someone a massage?

I work as a massage therapist, can you contract hepititis c or aids giving someone a massage?

HIV/hepatitis risk: No — unless the person you are giving a massage to has any open sores/cuts that are leaking blood and they themselves have hepatitis or HIV. Simple skin contact can not transmit any form of Hepatitis or HIV. Likewise, — you should not be performing massages if you have any open areas or sores/cuts on your hands. A good skin sanitizer will help reduce any sort of germs. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if massage therapist & wrists hurt?

What to do if massage therapist & wrists hurt?

Rest, NSAIDs: Tendinitis is common in massage therapists. Icing before and after can help, but topical, NSAIDs like Pennsaid or Voltaren gel are better. Try to, learn different techniques is massage to rest your irritated areas or you will continue to suffer. I am not a fan of injections unless there is a specific joint involved. Stem cell therapies are new and potentially helpful but. Not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Can a massage therapist actually help someone with chronic pain?

Can a massage therapist actually help someone with chronic pain?

Yes but diagnosis no: Massage can help but it depends on the type of pain and whether it will be responsive to massage. Certain types of chronic muscular pain can be helped like fibromyalgia but other types of chronic pain may not be responsive. Your physician can help guide you. ...Read more