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Professionals in these three practices share a common theme that might have people confused as to what the difference is: they all use their hands to treat patients. When it comes to injury prevention and recovery, there are a variety of suggested treatment options. People throw around the idea of physical therapy, chiropractic care and massage therapy. Without proper understanding of these approaches, one may be unsure which route is the most appropriate.
It’s important to do what is the absolute best for your body in order to provide proper recovery and avoid future injury. See below for the differences in these three approaches and find which option might be best for you and your team.
Massage therapyMassage therapists are not often seen as traditional healthcare providers; however, they do have a role in hospitals and other healthcare settings. More often than not, massage therapy takes place in a spa setting with a focus on health and wellness. Many studies show a reduction of pain, decrease in anxiety and relaxation may take place by way of massage therapy. There are a variety of types of massage therapy including aromatherapy, hot stone, deep tissue and sports massage. These professionals are able to target specific areas that carry tension, providing relief for arthritis, insomnia, headaches and other ailments.
Chiropractic careSimilar to massage and physical therapy, chiropractic care treats a variety of conditions including lower back pain, pregnancy pain, digestive issues, neck pain, headaches and blood pressure. A chiropractor’s approach is to release subluxations located in the spine. This can provide relief and allow the nervous system and the rest of the body to perform at its best ability. Overall, chiropractic care is focused on any misalignment in the spinal vertebrae.
Physical therapyA physical therapists primary goal is to minimize patients’ pain or discomfort and increase function. By careful observation of the joints and an evaluation on a patient’s movements, a physical therapist can diagnose and craft a unique program suited to the individual. For physical therapists, it’s all about the movement. Whether it’s preventative care or treating an injury, physical therapy aims to provide treatment by way of movement and stretching.
There is, inevitably, some overlap with these three professions. The end goals are all very similar, in that they aim to provide relief from pain, stress or injury. The differences lie in their methods and practices as well as schooling and certifications.
If you’re seeking to prevent injury on the job site or are in need of a unique injury-recovery plan just for you, On-Site Solutions Physical Therapy is here to help.
3/27/2019 02:56:40 am
Good article & excellent way to articulate. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.
4/18/2019 03:01:49 pm
That's good to know that a physical focuses on movement and reducing a patient's pain or discomfort. This is helpful since my shoulders have been hurting for months and they are getting stiffer lately. I'll have to find a physical therapist I can go to to have my shoulders looked at to see what I can do to minimize the pain and move the easier.
4/22/2019 03:20:45 am
I like the helpful info you supply for your articles. Keep up the great work!
5/1/2019 02:42:07 am
This is really helpful. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.
5/7/2019 12:48:23 pm
In my opinion, I think that going to a physical therapy clinic is better for me because they might minimize the pain in my body. Thanks for telling me that therapists also use their hands to treat their patients. If it can help me avoid future injuries as well, I will be sure to go to a physical therapist next time.
5/22/2019 10:59:14 pm
My sister is having a hard time because her back is hurting most of the time, so, my parents advised her to see a chiropractor. It was mentioned here that chiropractors can help decrease anxiety and knows a variety of massage therapy. Moreover, it's recommended to go to a professional chiropractor for quality services.
5/28/2019 08:06:40 pm
Awesome! I love how physical therapy can reduce muscle pain and discomfort. And when it comes to work, sometimes im having pain on my shoulder and back, that's why I always prefer to undergo on physical therapy.
6/4/2019 11:14:52 am
I like how you stated that it's important to do what is the absolute best for your body in order to properly recover and avoid future injuries. I feel like taking care of your body in the best way when recovering is the best way to feel healthy and well. I'll have to share this with my friend who just had surgery.
6/6/2019 10:38:04 am
Thanks for pointing out how chiropractic care treats lower pack pain. I got into an accident while driving to work that left me dealing with whiplash. My lower back is killing me, so I'll be sure to visit a chiropractor to get treated.
6/14/2019 02:25:05 pm
That is nice that a physical therapist will minimize pain and increase function. Maybe it would be good to find some physical therapy that I could do sometime soon. Then I would be able to have better functions with my knees.
6/24/2019 09:01:57 am
My son does a lot of sports throughout the school year so I wanted some tips and advice on him not getting hurt or too sore. I didn't know physical therapy was all about movement and treats people by the way of movement and stretching. My son doesn't do a lot of stretching outside of practices or games so going to physical therapy even though he doesn't have an injury could prevent him from getting one; I'll look around for physical therapists that fits his tastes and my budget, thanks to this post!
7/1/2019 10:20:16 am
I thought it interesting when you mentioned that physical therapy is all about the movement. I would say that is a great way to describe it for people who don't know what physical therapy is about. From my point of view, it is all about helping people regaining mobility.
7/8/2019 09:58:39 am
Thanks for mentioning that physical therapy is done to minimize that pain a patient may be experiencing and in increasing the function of whatever is healing. My wife was recently injured and needs to find a rehabilitation center, she wanted to know what she should expect when she is able to find one. I will let her know how physical therapy works so that her body can heal quickly.
7/12/2019 02:27:08 pm
I found it interesting that a physical therapist's primary goal is to minimize pain and discomfort while increasing function. To me, this means they'd be helpful to see if you've injured yourself playing sports or have overstretched something. I'll have to look more into physical therapy.
7/24/2019 08:15:47 am
Thanks for putting barriers among physical therapy, chiropractic care, and massage therapy. Regular massage therapy has a lot of positive influence on the health of a person. It helps to solve different types of issues associated with the nervous system of the body. Besides, deformities in the skeletal system and cardiovascular system could be regulated by massage therapy. It optimizes the blood flow and blood pressure of the body. Besides, massage therapy also helps to optimize hormone synthesis in our body. For more assistance, visit
7/24/2019 01:58:28 pm
I appreciate how you said that a physical therapist's job is to help reduce pain as well as help your body work better. My wife has been complaining about some pain in her joints lately and it has made it hard for her to do her job. We'll have to look into hiring a good physical therapy professional who can help her feel a little more comfortable.
8/6/2019 07:03:46 pm
With all these therapies, it is good to know the difference between the three. I probably need to go get some chiropractic care as I have been having some back issues. As you said here, it is similar to massage and physical therapy, but it focuses on problems with your back and neck.
8/7/2019 09:54:16 am
I like that you mentioned that a chiropractor can treat conditions like lower back pain and even help with high blood pressure. I've been having some problems with my back pain and wasn't sure where to go. Maybe I should schedule an appointment with a chiropractor and see how that helps manage the pain.
9/12/2019 06:43:37 pm
Thank you for this informative article, honestly, I have no idea about the difference between the three, that's why I'm glad that I've stumbled upon this article. I never knew that chiropractic is focused on fixing the alignment in the spinal vertebrae, I've been experiencing lower back pain, maybe a chiropractic service is what I need. I think it's best if I'll seek professional help from a chiropractor to help me with my problem.
3/25/2020 10:59:12 pm
I appreciate that this post highlights that physical therapy provides treatment through stretching and movement as they aim to minimize the pain a patient is feeling. Because my work demands me to sit in front of my laptop for hours, I am been experiencing some pain in my wrists and back to a point my doctor recommended me to see a physical therapist. Now that I understand the purpose of a physical therapist, I am more confident to schedule an appointment right after I make sure the therapist is licensed and experienced.
4/8/2020 03:25:33 pm
I found it interesting when you said that massage therapies can help reduce pain after an accident. My brother likes to practice sports and he suffered an accident while playing baseball. I will recommend him to look for physical therapy services so that he can get treatment as soon as possible.
4/13/2020 11:55:50 am
I had no idea that physical therapy focuses on reducing pain and increasing function by way of movement and stretching. My legs have been hurting a lot recently and I can barely walk some days. I'll see if I can get help from a physical therapist before I go to an expensive doctor.
11/2/2021 08:22:21 am
I tend to spend a lot of time at the office, and sitting around all day isn't good for my posture. It makes sense that I might want to get a physical therapist to help me out with things! It would be nice to see if they can help improve my posture.
12/29/2021 10:29:13 pm
Thanks for pointing out that physical therapy would be helpful in minimizing the pain or discomfort that a patient feels and increasing functions in their body. I guess I will suggest this to my dad and also help him book a reputable therapist. It's because he has this pain in his lower back and knees that have been affecting the way he walks for the past year.
Thanks for helping me understand that physical therapy would help minimize the pain or discomfort and increase function in a patient. With that in mind, I will suggest to my sister to see one now that she has issues with her lower back. It might have been caused by sitting for long hours almost every day in front of a computer.
1/8/2022 12:14:35 am
I like how you mentioned that a physical therapist can help you if you have a misalignment. My cousin mentioned to me last night that she is hoping to find a treatment to relieve her back pain and asked if I have any idea what is the best treatment for her. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell her that she can consult a well-known physical therapist as they can answer all her inquiries and will provide proper treatment.
1/17/2022 05:30:28 pm
I appreciate that you explained that there are a variety of treatments to prevent injuries. My nephew who is an athlete mentioned to me last night that he is hoping to find a treatment that can prevent injury and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if we consult a trusted injury prevention physical therapy treatment as they can answer all our inquiries.
2/11/2022 12:47:31 am
In certain scenarios and depending on the type of discomfort, one treatment form may work more effectively than the other. Knowing the difference between the two disciplines can help patients seeking pain relief choose the more suitable treatment option for their condition.
5/31/2022 12:50:19 am
Your article provides great information thanks for sharing
8/29/2022 05:08:40 pm
I like what you said about using chiropractics to help with anxiety. I have a lot of stress in my shoulders. I'll have to consider getting a professional to adjust my back.
10/18/2022 10:40:46 pm
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2/21/2023 01:46:15 pm
This blog provides a comprehensive overview of the differences between physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy, which can be helpful for anyone seeking alternative treatments for their pain or injury. The blog explains the unique approaches and techniques used in each of these therapies, helping readers make an informed decision about which option may be the best fit for their needs. I appreciate the emphasis on the importance of finding a qualified and licensed practitioner in any of these fields, as well as the mention of the potential benefits and risks associated with each treatment modality. Overall, this blog is a valuable resource for anyone considering these types of treatments and seeking a better understanding of the differences between them.
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