The Difference: Medical Massage, Physical Therapy, & Chiropractic

Injuries happen, and the body wears down with age. It’s inevitable, and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. Techniques like medical massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic care have been developed to help people whose bodies have been injured or are wearing down in some way. While medical massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic care may seem like similar types of treatment at first, there are some key differences between each type of care.

Physical therapy is a type of treatment that deals with issues that occur with the muscles, tendons, and even spinal cord that affect movement. These issues may cause pain and difficulty moving as well as a variety of other conditions. The issues can be caused by a variety of situations as well. Sometimes they’re caused by sports injuries, car accidents, and other events, while at other times physical therapy is used to deal with conditions that are present at birth, or occur because of old age. Physical therapy deals with all of these conditions primarily through motion manipulation, training and stretching, which allows the muscles and body to learn how to move properly. Physical therapy can also involve heat treatment and massage. Most physical therapy regimens are recommended by doctors or other healthcare professionals.

Chiropractic care, on the other hand, deals with similar conditions that are caused by spinal or joint misalignment by manipulating the joints and spinal cord. Chiropractic treatments vary in intensity and style, and there are several different types of chiropractors that deal with different issues in diverse ways. Anyone experiencing physical issues related to their joints, bones, or spinal cord can consult a chiropractor and receive care.

Finally, medical massage is a type of pressure treatment that’s used to deal with many of the same issues that are addressed by physical therapy and chiropractic care. It’s an outcome-based type of massage that focuses on helping a patient relieve pain, improve movement, or deal with a condition. Each massage is tailored to the specific condition, and designed to achieve a certain outcome. Medical massages are generally recommended by a healthcare professional such as a doctor or therapist, especially if the treatment is to be covered specific insurance policies. Once recommended a medical massage therapist will review the injury, condition, or recommendation and determine the correct way to proceed.

Why Medical Massage of Delaware?

At Medical Massage of Delaware, we focus specifically on medical massage and the benefits that it can provide men and women of a variety of ages. Our medical massage practices include a variety of different techniques that can deal with different physical issues caused by injury, age, or lifelong conditions. These techniques are not generally applying in physical therapy or chiropractic care. Some of the techniques we use and their applications include:

  • Strain Counter Strain – removes spine and joint pain by massaging muscles
  • Neuromuscular Therapy – stimulates skeletal muscle by applying pressure to soft tissues
  • Myofascial Release – treats issues ranging from trauma to inflammation disorders
  • Positional Release – a careful application of pressure that helps muscles stretch and relax
  • Trigger Point Therapy – uses carefully applied pressure to restore circulation to muscles
  • Active Therapy Techniques – also known as active release therapy, this treats adhesion and scar tissue by massing specific areas to break up adhesions or tissue
  • Rehabilitative Stretching Procedures – the stretching of connective tissues to create a wider range of motion and deal with injuries and medical conditions

We use each of these techniques, along with several other massage procedures, to deal with different injuries and medical conditions. Each technique is unique in its application, and our trained massage therapists are able to give the best medical massage care available, regardless of which technique is required.

These techniques are not generally used in physical therapy and chiropractic care, which utilize their own methods to treat injuries, deformities, and other conditions. Our medical massage practices are designed to be specifically applicable to different patients, and to provide an alternative type of medical care that can be covered by insurance, but is also ideal for those who do not want to undergo physical therapy or chiropractic care, or who specifically need a medical massage to deal with their condition. At Medical Massage Delaware we are ready and available to help men and women with their medical massage needs.