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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Varies greatly: This depends on what you are trying to treat and who your practitioner is. For instance craniosacral therapy is done by some 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!See 1 more doctor answer
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".See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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, . ..See 1 more doctor answer
I lifted a tv and hurt my upper left shoulder- went to a chiropractor and he helped with my neck but do I need a massage therapist for my shoulder?
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.
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 thereSee 1 more doctor answer
Have shoulder stiffness not sure if muscle related or rotator cuff tear. What doctor should I see? Working with massage therapist now.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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 from 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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