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Chiropractic, Massage, Physical Therapy — Which to Choose?

Should I get a massage?  Get an adjustment?  See a physical therapist?  If you are not overly familiar with the healthcare field, knowing which professional to consult can require quite a bit of researching, many times to no avail.

Let’s take a closer look at each methodology and point out some very important distinguishing characteristics.

The practice of chiropractic has enjoyed over 120 years of success in helping patients heal naturally through better function of the nervous system.  Chiropractic care has one main goal: to assist the nerve system of the body, which is the controlling system for all other tissues.  The chiropractic philosophy states that if the network of nerves throughout the body is working efficiently and effectively, then the rest of the tissues in the body will follow suit, because they are simply following orders given to them by the nerves.  This is accomplished by adjusting the spine (which guards the nerve roots) into a better position so as to improve the overall well-being and functionality of the body.  Adjustments help improve mobility, stimulate nerves, slow and prevent arthritis, improve circulation, and reduce muscular tension.  Those who get adjusted regularly also enjoy long-term benefits such as better sleep, more energy, better immune function, and much more.

Physical therapy is another modality that patients will inquire about.  Physical therapy utilizes a variety of exercises, movement patterns, and stretches to rehab the body.  PT is a great supplement to chiropractic care, as the adjustments will leave the body well-aligned and ready for the exercise and stretching routines that a PT may prescribe.  You would never drive a car that’s out of alignment, so why exercise a misaligned body?

Lastly, massage therapy is one of the most common adjuncts to chiropractic care.  Regular massage, like chiropractic, is a great implement to your overall health maintenance regime.  Massage therapists are concerned with the soft tissues of the body, and seek to gently break up any restrictions in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  Massage is also great for promoting better circulation of the blood and lymph throughout the body.  We typically recommend that if a patient is going to get a massage that they do it right before getting adjusted, as the muscles are much less tense and will allow the spine to adjust much easier.

The human body is a the most amazing machine that has ever been created and thus deserves regular tune-ups throughout life in order to ensure the best health possible.  If you are treating your computer, your car, or any other easily replaceable object better than your own body, it’s time for a priority shift.  In these fast-paced modern times, we’d all do well to remember the old adage ignore your health and it will go away.  Research has proved time and again that the best cure for any disease is not getting it, so be sure you are making regular appointments with professionals whose goal is not just to alleviate symptoms, but to maintain your health going into the future.


  1. Kourtney JensenJuly 31, 2018

    My back has been pretty sore since I had a car accident a few weeks ago. I want to get it fixed as soon as possible, but I haven’t been sure where to go. It’s interesting how you point out that physical therapy utilizes a variety of exercises, movement patterns, and stretches.

    1. Dr. Brandon ButtryJuly 31, 2018

      Ms. Jensen,
      Thank you so much for your comment on our blog!
      Please see the video below. If there is anything we can do to help, we would be honored to do so.
      Chiropractic is your best bet for this condition, and the car insurance (yours or the other driver’s) will cover all of the costs in most cases, at no penalty to you.
      It is a win-win.

      Here’s the video link:


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