I'm a big fan of massage therapy, but I always say that if I had to choose between receiving a chiropractic adjustment or a massage, I would always choose a chiropractic adjustment. I find that, because chiropractic is an entire system of health care that addresses the musculo-skeletal and the nervous system, it has a profound effect on, not only relaxing the muscles, but rebalancing the alignment of the spine as well as relaxing muscles and restoring normal nerve function. Massage is very effective at relaxing muscles and increasing circulation, and in fact, many chiropractors use massage therapy in their practices, either by hiring massage therapist to do massage therapy on their patients or many chiropractors are trained to use massage therapy techniques on their patients directly.
In my practice, I use a combination of muscle techniques, including traditional Swedish massage, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. I also use various topical creams like homeopathic ointments that contain onycha or turmile. Massage therapists are highly trained at massage therapy but they're not doctors and they're not licensed to prescribe or orders test like xrays. Chiropractors are doctors of chiropractic and they are licensed to diagnose as well as to order Xrays and other diagnostic tests. Chiropractors and massage therapists have worked together for a long time and they always will. They have a very similar philosophy but massage therapy will not realign your spine.
It will not have quite the same profound effect on the nervous system that chiropractic. Another topic that's important to throw in the mix here is the issue of exercise. Massage therapy is not a substitute for exercise, and proper stretching and strengthening is really important to maintain normal muscle tone. So, it's important to include massage, chiropractic and exercise into your therapeutic regieme.