If you spend your days working hard and being active, there’s a solid chance you’ll develop some stress, muscle tension, and pain. So how do you treat these health problems? Massages are always an appealing option—just hearing the word “massage” can bring about thoughts of relaxation and relief. But sometimes, chiropractic is a more intense and more effective choice to fix what ails you.

Both practices offer thorough, drug-free pain relief, and promote better posture and deeper relaxation. So which do you need?

In this blog, the integrative health specialists at Scott Family Health will help you decide the right course of action for relieving your specific kinds of pain, tension, and stress. Maybe you need a massage, maybe you need a chiropractor, and maybe you need both! (You probably need both.)

When You Need a Massage

Massages target soft muscle tissue, relieving muscle spasms and tension while creating a deep sense of peace and relaxation—but we don’t have to tell you that. If you’ve had a massage before, you realize massage therapy can help with anxiety, headaches, muscle strains, immune system resistance, and mild joint pain.   

Unlike chiropractic, massage therapy does not manipulate the spine; massages are meant for more mild and muscle-based ailments. So if you’re feeling stressed, tense, or worn down from too much work, a massage is an excellent option for you.

When You Need a Chiropractor

Chiropractors deal with musculoskeletal and nervous systems, with a direct focus on hard tissue instead of soft tissue. Chiropractors use manual spinal manipulation, as well as some massage techniques, to relieve tension, headaches, tendonitis, moderate joint pain, and even insomnia. Because of its ability to realign the spine, chiropractic also helps to improve posture and lower the risk of spinal trauma, slipped discs, and sciatica.

If your pain goes beyond the stresses of everyday life, directly affects your spine, or makes it difficult to perform simple, everyday activities, a chiropractor is a great choice. They provide adjustments that can relieve pain and promote proper spinal alignment. Within a few chiropractic sessions, you’ll see vast improvements in your levels of pain and discomfort, and you might just feel a little taller, too!

So Which Do You Choose?

Luckily, you don’t have to choose! Massage therapy and chiropractic provide relief for different systems of the body, and can be used in tandem for speedier healing from injury, improved muscular function, and deeper stress relief and relaxation. Plus, you can take care of both in one place!

With Scott Family Health, you get a different approach to healthcare. Our Loveland and Fort Collins integrative health centers offer top-notch chiropractic and massage services, as well as physical therapy and acupuncture—so no matter what ails you, we can deliver highly effective, drug-free care and excellent patient service. Plus, with our variety of services and quality healthcare professionals, we can offer integrative health solutions for the whole family! Improve your health on multiple levels—schedule an appointment today!