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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?

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! ...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 can a chiropractor treat that a massage therapist cant?

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 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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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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