Should I See A Chiropractor, Massage Therapist, Or Acupuncturist in Amarillo?
Chiropractor in Amarillo straightens it out
Should I see a chiropractor, a massage therapist, or an acupuncturist is an excellent question. I will start by saying, “Kudos to you!” for not immediately considering pharmaceuticals or shots for your musculoskeletal pain first. Instead, you did exactly what is recommended by large medical groups like the American College of Physicians and the American Family Physicians; which is seeking first-line, non-pharmacological treatments like chiropractic care, massage therapy, exercise, and acupuncture first.
Now, which service best fits your needs? For starters, it may be helpful to give a brief description of each.
Chiropractic care is commonly associated with moving or popping bones throughout the body including the spine, shoulders, hips, hands, feet, wrists, and ankles. Basically, everything can be moved by chiropractors. But chiropractic is not a treatment modality like joint manipulation. Chiropractic is a profession encompassing many different modalities which include spinal manipulative therapy (the cornerstone of the profession), exercise/rehabilitation, chronic pain consultation, soft tissue and trigger point therapy, balance and proprioceptive training, acupuncture, low-level laser, non-surgical spinal decompression, sports preparation and recovery, therapeutic modalities like ultrasound and electric stimulation, biomechanics training, and postural training.
Chiropractic is excellent at either mobilizing joints or stabilizing joints depending on the patient’s specific need.
Chiropractic can address A LOT of issues!
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health notes that acupuncture has been proven to help in cases of low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, knee pain, headache, and migraine. These are official recommendations based on research. However, fully licensed acupuncturists are extensively trained in the methods of Eastern medicine and treat far beyond those constraints. One of the most notable conditions the acupuncturist here at Creek Stone Integrated Care has treated is chronic pain as well as PTSD in our area’s veterans. The results have been convincing and impressive.
The Mayo Clinic describes massage as a general term for pressing, rubbing, and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
- Swedish massage. This style is to help relax and energize you.
- Deep tissue massage. This massage technique is commonly used to help with muscle damage from injuries.
- Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sports activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
- Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse. Many times, trigger points can be blamed for headaches/migraines and overall muscle soreness.
That is the brief run-down of the three. As a chiropractor, I commonly tell my patients that, in general, I take care of the frame of the body; the skeleton. Massage therapists take care of everything attached to the frame. Acupuncturists fill in the middle by affecting the nerves. When all three are working with efficiency, the winner is the patient.
Offering all three services in our clinic gives us a unique perspective on the choices. If I could give recommendations to a patient that lived right next door so there were no travel concerns and they had all of the money in the world, I would tell them to do all three together. Each of the services complements the others. They add to each other and bolster each other.
However, then there is real life and finances are a concern on the radar of most Americans. For that reason, I would try to break it down into separate pieces.
If this complaint is a movement-related issue and feels musculoskeletal in nature, chiropractic is a great option since it covers so many treatment options. All of which can typically be helpful.
If the complaint feels more muscular and you are afraid of going to a chiropractor, acupuncture and massage are both excellent options.
Even though the needles used in acupuncture are tiny tiny and you don’t typically even feel them at all, many people are frightened by the thought of the needles. Then, of course, patients like this will want to opt for massage or chiropractic.
Each service provides help for patients experiencing pain. Each supports the other two. The truth is, you cannot go wrong in choosing either chiropractic, massage, or acupuncture and, if your situation allows it, just say, “Yes,” to all three!
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learnmore about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.
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