Neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck. But are you better off spending money on a visit to the chiropractor or getting a massage? Both specialists work with their hands, and both can help resolve isolated pain. So when is one better than the other? Actually, there’s a pretty simple way to decide.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR YOUR NEEDS
The best way to decide between a visit to the chiropractor or a massage for neck pain is based on your pain level. If you’re feeling stiff and sore and you like to physically relax and relieve tension, a massage may be exactly what you need. But if you’re experiencing discomfort or outright pain, a chiropractor is probably a better option to address the root issues and not just a symptom.
TREATMENT FROM THE CHIROPRACTOR
Chiropractors specializes in the care of the spine and joints, and for many people, chiropractic care is pretty synonymous with having their back or neck “cracked.” But these doctors have extensive training, including four years of undergraduate care, a four-year doctorate program, residency programs, rounds of boards and certification tests, and continuing education. In other words, chiropractors are very well trained!
Depending on the chiropractor you visit, you may experience different chiropractic methods and techniques. Here in Reno, Dr. Lynelle McSweeney offers a holistic, multi-technique approach designed to address the individual needs of every patient.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, techniques might include:
- Myofacial release techniques
- Electrical stimulation or ultrasound
- Moist heat therapy
- Nutritional and stretching recommendations
Patients may also receive percussive therapy, vibration therapy, cold-laser therapy, and tool-assisted massage. In fact, every patient receives a G5 massage to properly prepare the body for treatment. This type of tool-assisted therapy manipulates the soft tissue on both the muscular and nervous systems. It also improves general and local circulation of the blood and lympathic fluids. For many of Dr. McSweeney’s patients, it’s the most relaxing part of the appointment!
TREATMENT FROM THE MASSAGE THERAPIST
Depending on the state, a massage therapist needs 500 hours of training. That means these professionals are highly trained in the treatment of muscular conditions to relieve stiffness, pain, and tension. Massage therapists may also specialize in certain types of massage therapy, including Swedish, sports, and deep tissue.
You should let your own pain levels guide you, but if you’re in Reno, enjoy the benefits of both chiropractic and massage therapy with a visit to Dr. McSweeney. Schedule your appointment today.