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Should I see a chiropractor, physical therapist, or get a massage?

A lot of people ask me this question. Commonly they ask, "can you help me with XXX pain? Or should I go get a massage?". The short answer is, either one of them can provide relief. The key is determining the type of pain you are experiencing.

Here are a few details that we think can help you:

Massage therapy requires an associates degree, and works really well for all sorts of common aches and pains, as well as helping relieve stress and loosen up tight muscles. They have different types of massage techniques to make the experience as enjoyable and effective as possible. They are a crucial part of a musculoskeletal team with their soft tissue expertise.

Chiropractors and physical therapist have doctorate degrees, which allow them to have a larger scope of practice, thus being able to provide more tailored treatments with multiple different types of tools. Chiropractors specifically have the ability to diagnose and treat your specific conditions, and order any special tests such as X-rays, MRI's, or blood tests if needed. Chiropractors and physical therapist are the experts in the treatment of joint and muscle pain, as well as evaluating the mechanics of movement. So, how do you decide between chiropractic and physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a great choice for post-surgical rehabilitation, or other in hospital procedures that require months of intensive care. They also are a great resource for pre-surgical care. Commonly, you will still need to see your primary care doctor before you can receive physical therapy, thus increasing the cost and making the accessibility more difficult than it should be.

Chiropractic is a great choice for pre-surgical care and some post-surgical cases as well. Trained as doctors, they are equipped to complete a full physical exam and diagnose pathologies that may not be suited for rehabilitative care, and send you to the appropriate medical provider. They have the freedom to treat without an overseeing physician and can create an effective care plan that is tailored to your needs. Chiropractic care is easily accessible, and most major insurances cover it.


Who do you choose?

Choosing the right person for you can be difficult. It comes down to personal preference, skills/knowledge of the provider, and experiences from other people. That is why it is crucial to do research ahead of time and find someone that you feel comfortable with. You wouldn't want an average surgeon doing your surgery, you want someone skilled and knowledgeable that you can connect with. Same goes for any type of healthcare you are looking for.

We think they are all great choices!

They all are great options for pain management and are safer than the pharmaceutical route. In fact, combining them can often times help achieve results faster. At PPCR your health and safety is our top priority! We work hard at providing you the answers and appropriate care for your aches and pains. We are happy to be apart of the overall healthcare team you decide is best for you. We refer patients back and forth with massage therapist, physical therapist, and primary care doctors. Our goal is to provide you the exact care you need, even if that means it is not with us!


At PPCR, we promise to always be team players. If we realize we aren't the right fit for your condition, we will refer you to the correct provider that can get you better. Our relationships with other providers in the area allows us to provide you a safe and trustworthy clinician that will have your goals in mind. As always, please remember that while online information is a great place to start it does not replace a thorough examination and care under the supervision of a trained medical professional. If you’re in pain, looking for answers, and feel like you have tried everything, or want help getting started, contact us, we would love to help! We are here to help you move well, encourage you to move often, and achieve freedom from pain!

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