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.
Muscle Spasms. Massage therapists are best for muscular aches and pains as well as spasms. If you see one and they fail then try a chiropractor. If you have a joint locked up especially in the spine chiropractors are you best first bet. Realignment of the spine will help some muscle spasms and pain.

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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.

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...

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

C an ortho 1st. . Sounds like u r exercising but don't forget that u r core strength plays a big role in preventing back pain. B sure 2 include it in ur exercise program. Also b4 cing a chiropractor have an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon or a spine surgeon 1st 2 r/o any serious underlying cause. Read more...
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...
Chiropractor. The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. If you need an adjustment or soft tissue treatment, chiropractic therapy is good. If you pain is not improved, you can go to see a pain management doctor. Read more...

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...
Depends. They offer the same thing - relief by massage and no diagnosis or cures. Massage therapist are gentler, work in a more comfortable environment, and will not attack you with unshielded x-rays or bogus theories. I would pick the massage therapist myself. Read more...

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...
Little. Neither offer cures. Both offer massage. The chiropractic massage is a little deeper using what they term "thrusts" which can be dangerous for some conditions. Always see your regular physician first if you have pain or a problem. Read more...

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

Traing and scope. Massage therapist have a more limited traing and educaiton and are very limited in their scope to just relaxation and massage. A chiropractor has attended chiroparactic school and is limited in their scope of practice by their state board. They do manipulations, and other treatments but just massage is not what they are limited to. Read more...
Limited. Chiropractors offers a strenuous, sometimes dangerous, massage based on an outmoded theory which has no anatomical basis. Massage therapist are gentle, do not offer phoney theories, and generally provide good relief. Your family doctor can direct you if you are having musculoskeletal problems. Read more...
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...

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...
Comfort. Chiropractors offers a strenuous, sometimes dangerous, massage based on an outmoded theory which has no anatomical basis. Massage therapist are gentle, do not offer phoney theories, and generally provide good relief. Your family doctor can direct you if you are having musculoskeletal problems. Read more...

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?

Try. A massage therapist may help, however, if there was muscle strain you may need rest. If there was a more severe injury, you might want to see a doctor or a physical therapist. Acupuncture may also help. Read more...
Depends. You may have strained your rotator cuff or simply your neck with radiated pain from nerve pinching. You should see an orthopedic specialist if the discomfort or dysfunction persists and follow the pathway recommended. You could need physical therapy, steroid injections, rest, and perhaps surgery. Read more...

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...