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Both chiropractors and massage therapists treat patients with their hands, but that’s where the similarities end. Both might be a good option for isolated pain, however. If you’re struggling with neck pain, what’s better – a visit to the chiropractor or massage therapy? Here’s what to know about chiropractic care, massage therapy, and when one kind of treatment may be a better choice.

The Chiropractor

A chiropractor is a doctor who specializes in the care of the spine and joints. And while many people associate chiropractic care with relief of neck or back pain, there’s more to it than that. The chiropractor is extensively educated, completing four years of undergraduate care, a four-year doctorate program, plus residency programs, rounds of boards and certification tests, and continuing education.

There are different chiropractic methods, which can mean a difference in care. Here in Reno, Dr. Lynelle McSweeney prefers a mix of therapies to address the individual needs of her clients. These may include:

  • Myofacial release techniques
  • Electrical stimulation or ultrasound
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Moist heat therapy
  • Nutritional recommendations

The Massage Therapist

With 500 hours of training (a number that may vary state to state), massage therapists are experienced in the treatment of muscular conditions to relieve muscle pain, stiffness and tension. They can use several types of massage, including Swedish, sports or deep tissue, to offer relief.

Choosing the Right Treatment for Your Needs

Here’s a good rule of thumb – if you’re feeling sore and you’d like to relax and relieve tension, a massage may be your best option. If you have discomfort or pain, a chiropractor is likely a better option.

Dr. McSweeney finds that massage therapy and chiropractic care work quite well together. She begins every patient appointment with a G5 massage as a way to warm up the muscles. This machine-assisted therapy manipulates soft tissue on both the muscular and nervous system, and it enhances local and general blood flow and lymphatic fluids.

For the best of both worlds – chiropractic and massage therapy – book an appointment with Dr. McSweeney today.