Massage and Chiropractor Services
The relieving of pain and stress on the body muscles by applying pressure using fingers, elbows or knees is called massage. The professional person who is involved in the art of massage is called a massage therapist. On the other hand, Chiropractors are medical practitioners who focuses on the diagnosis of the neuromuscular problems and treats the disorder through manipulation or manual adjustment of the spine.
The chiropractors educate the patients on the ways they can account for their health, improve their functionalities and also reduce muscle pains just like the massage therapist. There are other many similarities between the massage therapy and chiropractic. In both cases, they treat stress and pain through applied pressure on the body. The two therapies are also similar in that the results are not obtained through surgery or sedation of the patients. The massage and chiropractic therapies are also both conducted by well-trained people. When done by professionals, the massage therapy and the chiropractic therapy have low chances of complications.
There are also some major differences between the two therapies. One major difference is that the treatment in the chiropractic therapy focuses on the spine and the central nervous system. The central nervous system is connected to the brain thus the chiropractic therapy affects the entire body. Massage on the other hand is used as stress or pain relief therapy on specific parts of the body like the arms, legs and shoulders. Although they are both done by professionals, they have undergone different training. Masseuses undergo the training of applying pressure to various parts of the body in order to relief pain and stress.
On the other hand, one of the skills the chiropractors are trained is the detection of asymmetry in joints, tendons and bones. They can also detect the misalignment and tenderness of the back and neuro muscles. The diagnosis of x-rays, CT scans and laboratory test is also part of the training given to chiropractors. They have also been trained on performing orthopedic, cardiovascular and neurological tests. This simply suggests that chiropractic therapy can only be practiced after the chiropractor has undergone undergraduate and postgraduate courses and also undertaken many examinations and tests in order to be licensed.
The benefits of massage and chiropractic therapy are numerous. Chiropractic therapy can be used on expectant mothers to induce labor. The long hours of labor before birth are thus reduced through the chiropractic therapy. The other benefit is that the effects of the chiropractic therapy do not require that the patient be hospitalized or even take leave from work to be effective. Since there are no drugs or injections undertaken by the patients, there are basically no side effects experienced.
In New York City there is the Liberty Wellness & Chiro which specialises in both massage and chiropractic therapies.