I hurt, I want to feel better so which do I choose? It is confusing. Let me try to answer it for you.
There is some similarity in all these treatments and some major differences.
First, let me be clear, each plays a vital role in maintaining your health. One is not better than the other. You just need to be clear on some important distinctions.
When you are hurting it is important to find out exactly what is wrong. Your massage therapist can tell you what they find going on with your muscles and suggest a course of massage treatments to relax those muscles through their particular massage technique.
An acupuncturist can tell you what they feel is going on and suggest a series of acupuncture sessions to address this issue. They can also offer you supplements and herbs to support your healing.
A chiropractor is the only one who like the MD, is given the responsibility and legal right to diagnose your condition and suggest treatment options. This may include referring you to another MD, acupuncturist, massage therapist or physical therapist if necessary if your condition is not a chiropractic case.
A chiropractor is given legal responsibility for this by the state because of the special training they received in attaining their Doctor of Chiropractic degree. They are trained to order and interpret lab tests, x-rays, mri's and many other tests which will help to determine what is wrong and get you on a path of recovery.
A chiropractor is also the only option for adjusting spinal joints as well as extremity adjusting. They are also trained in helping you with rehab and stabilizing exercises, and nutritional consulting.
A chiropractor does much more than loosen your joints through manipulation. They help you understand what is causing your condition and how to prevent it.
Most people find that after alleviating their pain and suffering periodic adjustments help them opperate and live more fully.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or drop me a line.
Dr. James Tacyshyn-Roth, D.C.