Chiropractic Care versus Massage for Back Pain

woman back massage treatmentBack pain can be incredibly frustrating for people because it can be difficult to diagnose and even harder to correct. If it can’t be attributed to a particular injury or other traumatic event, people are often confused as to what kind of treatment they should seek. Some may immediately start with a medical physician. Others may try massage therapy or chiropractic care. By understanding back pain symptoms better, people can expedite their road to recovery from back pain.

There are varying degrees of back pain, but most fit into one of these three categories. Acute back pain is typically short term over the course of a few or more months. Chronic back pain comes and goes in severity, but never really goes away completely. The last is neuropathic back pain which is constant.

Aside from being able to relieve some types of back pain, massage therapy has many benefits. By targeting soft tissue, it can reduce tension, which can help patients suffering from muscle spasms. Mild damage such as strains and pulled muscles will also benefit from this type of treatment. Massage therapy may very well be enough to solve any back pain caused by a soft tissue problem. Specific massage techniques such as cranial sacral therapy, Swedish, deep tissue and trigger point therapy, can be very beneficial towards finding relief from back pain. If massage therapy isn’t successful, it may be time to visit a chiropractor.

Chiropractic treatment focuses on hard tissue such as joints and the spine. Due to their training, chiropractors are qualified to diagnose and treat back pain caused by hard tissue problems. Their most common tools for back pain treatment are spinal manipulation and spinal adjustment. They are also able to use advanced imaging techniques to identify medical causes for the back pain such as bulging or herniated discs. Armed with that information, they can make a medical diagnosis that will help guide patients towards the best treatment options.

Those suffering from back pain may be best served by trying massage therapy first. It depends on the level of pain being experienced. If that’s unsuccessful, visiting with a chiropractor like the ones at Hooper-Thurston Elite Chiropractic should be the next step. Getting a medical diagnosis and treatment plan from a team of qualified chiropractors will have you on the road to recovery in no time.  Call for an appointment today at 252-237-2166.


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