Stress: Massages vs Chiropractor?


  • Feb 20, 2011 8:58 PM GMT
    My issue is simple, I'm currently working through my highest peaks of anxiety I've dealt with in my life. So far, I've gone to a psychologist, working on getting with a possible psychiatrist for some short-term help medicine-wise, and am attempting to be more active to calm the stress.


    One thing my doctors have said is I'm very stressed and I literally take no "me" time in my week. From the stress my back is very tense and I was wonder would you recommend? A massage or a chiropractor visit?

    How did you find these people? Did it help?
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    Feb 20, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    Chiropractor? A waste of time and money.

    More seriously, I find a good gym workout a good stress reliever which I have found to be linked to a decline in back pain I had been suffering for years.
    Opinions may differ here, but I have read from reliable sources that a challenging workout (and this includes running) activates the pituitary gland, situated under the brain. The endorphin released into the bloodstream is the cause of the feelgood factor following strenuous exercise.
    In my case I go through a 50 minute workout on the elliptical cross-trainer, having set the resistance level to cardio, I can burn off up to 1,130 calories in one session. I always feel happy after the workout, which in turn gives me greater ability to find solutions to the stress of daily living, the bottom cause of backache.
    If my negative reaction to the profession of chiropractics surprise you, it is because I read some history of the practice, after coming across it right here at RealJock. (Before I joined RJ, I had never even heard of the word.)
    My running partner who also suffered backache, goes to a chiropractic every so often. He tells me that he is a kind, elderly gentleman who knows his salt and my mate had enjoyed relief from his symptoms. He invited me to see him too, an idea I actually considered.
    But the snag was, he had to visit at a regular basis, paying (what to me was) a substantial fee per visit. If chiropractics were parallel to medicine, surely just one visit would suffice, and the dislocated vertebrate would have been fixed there and then, as would have been, for example, a dislocated shoulder.
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    Feb 21, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    I would recommend yoga, learned from a qualified teacher at a dedicated yoga studio. Yoga is about integration/transformation at different levels, but on the purely physical one, the stretches in properly aligned asanas combined with the breathing they will teach you, stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which has a calming effect.
    It's worth looking into, at least. Just Google search "find local yoga studios." Teachers with a good grounding in Iengar style are a pretty safe bet.
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    Feb 21, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    Hmmm depends on what you like... in part.

    If you need a realignment or the like I would recommend the Chiro, this helps with the tense for me most of the time. Its true its not a one time thing, its a progressive correction of bad posture and repetitive motions that your body eventually adapts its skeletal and musculature structure too. That being said, my lower back issues are predominantly corrected, and my knee is becoming less of a problem!

    Massages can be useful for some people, but unfortunately for some of us we're not the normal patient and react very differently than expected/intended. As such I can't really speak to this. Caution though - if you are already tense a massage may make you even more so, so make sure you visit a professional to start who can properly respond!

    I also think the Yoga is a great suggestion!
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    Feb 21, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    A massage is far more relaxing than a chiropractic adjustment, but if you're uptight about being touched you may find massage itself stressful.
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    Feb 21, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Learn meditation in conjunction with yoga. Take classes, not DIY.

    As much as you'd like to find a quick fix through chiro or massage, it will only be temporary and your stress will return.

    You need to learn how to deal with stress and minimize it's impact when it comes up. Certainly, no one can avoid it.
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    Feb 21, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    For your particular problem, definitely massage!
  • str8hardbody9

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    Feb 21, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    good massage & good workout at the gym release stress. Try it I've done it and it works.
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    Feb 21, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    If isnt anything physically wrong with you, I would say a therapeutic massage.
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    Feb 21, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    str8hardbody9 saidgood massage & good workout at the gym release stress. Try it I've done it and it works.

    A good workout can relieve stress. But actually, you have to find the activity that works for you. An activity that provides that restorative relaxation.

    I enjoy working out but it doesnt relieve my stress.

    Some do yoga, which I cant see for diddly! Most boring and useless waste of time EVER for me.

    For me, reading provides my restorative relaxation.

    For good health, you need nutrition, exercise, and rest/relaxation.
  • DanOmatic

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    Feb 21, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    I think that chiropractors provide relief to some people, but my own experience fairly recently with one confirmed some of the negative stereotypes that are out there: the chiropractor wanted me to commit to a set number of visits (usually more than one a week), but after the third or fourth one, I realized I was essentially shelling out $50 (w/ co-pay) just to have him crack my back. I can do that at home by doing some simple yoga poses.

    I found greater relief for the back issue (the one that made me seek out the chiropractor) from a local massage therapist who specializes in deep tissue/bodywork massage. It's not exactly a relaxing experience, but a targeted, intense approach to working on the muscles that are contributing to the problem. I pay $100/hr for that about once every other week or so, and it's worth every penny.

    But as others have suggested, you need to delve into the root of what's causing your stress and see what sorts of modifications are within your own control to change. Regular exercise, good nutrition, and plenty of rest are essential. I also find yoga to be incredibly stress-reducing and centering.
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    Feb 21, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    quarterlifecrisis saidMy issue is simple, I'm currently working through my highest peaks of anxiety I've dealt with in my life. So far, I've gone to a psychologist, working on getting with a possible psychiatrist for some short-term help medicine-wise, and am attempting to be more active to calm the stress.


    One thing my doctors have said is I'm very stressed and I literally take no "me" time in my week. From the stress my back is very tense and I was wonder would you recommend? A massage or a chiropractor visit?

    How did you find these people? Did it help?


    The gym will be your best long term therapy. In the short term, you should seek the help of a professional.
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    Feb 21, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    Do not go for a chiropractor....ever. They're quacks, they aren't qualified medical professional in any way, they're kept in business by ignorance and nothing more.

    In your case I'd get a massage and then learn some yoga/meditation, try and work meditation into your daily life.
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    Feb 21, 2011 5:08 AM GMT

    My chiropractor won't work nude.....
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    Feb 21, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    NC3athlete saidI think that chiropractors provide relief to some people, but my own experience fairly recently with one confirmed some of the negative stereotypes that are out there: the chiropractor wanted me to commit to a set number of visits (usually more than one a week), but after the third or fourth one, I realized I was essentially shelling out $50 (w/ co-pay) just to have him crack my back. I can do that at home by doing some simple yoga poses.

    I found greater relief for the back issue (the one that made me seek out the chiropractor) from a local massage therapist who specializes in deep tissue/bodywork massage. It's not exactly a relaxing experience, but a targeted, intense approach to working on the muscles that are contributing to the problem. I pay $100/hr for that about once every other week or so, and it's worth every penny.

    But as others have suggested, you need to delve into the root of what's causing your stress and see what sorts of modifications are within your own control to change. Regular exercise, good nutrition, and plenty of rest are essential. I also find yoga to be incredibly stress-reducing and centering.


    Being a chiropractor, I agree with you here, there are chiros out there that will make you commit to a series of visits and just "crack" your back. However, if you go to a chiropractor that also provides focal muscular massage/relief along with the adjustments you'll definitely feel the relief! that's what I provide my patients, look for a chiropractor that provides Graston Technique or ART (Active Release Techniques), this along with adjustments will give you great relief after your first visit. It doesn't make sense to me to just adjust the back and not work on the muscles, you have to think of your body as a machine, all the parts work together. So if you only adjust the spine but not relax the muscles surrounding the area, you are only going to find very temporary relief. Stress management, meditation and yoga are also great for long term, life changing relief.

    www.activerelease.com - here you can find a provider near you.
    www.grastontechnique.com - also has a "locate a provider" function

    cheers! and goodluck icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 21, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    russnipp saidDo not go for a chiropractor....ever. They're quacks, they aren't qualified medical professional in any way, they're kept in business by ignorance and nothing more.

    In your case I'd get a massage and then learn some yoga/meditation, try and work meditation into your daily life.


    shut your mouth! haha just because you had a bad experience doesn't mean we are all quacks! ignorant......
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    Feb 21, 2011 5:38 AM GMT
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    russnipp saidDo not go for a chiropractor....ever. They're quacks, they aren't qualified medical professional in any way, they're kept in business by ignorance and nothing more.

    In your case I'd get a massage and then learn some yoga/meditation, try and work meditation into your daily life.


    shut your mouth! haha just because you had a bad experience doesn't mean we are all quacks! ignorant......


    BUT, do you work nude.....icon_redface.gificon_redface.gif
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    Feb 21, 2011 6:38 AM GMT
    Friendsrbetter said
    crazycool said
    russnipp saidDo not go for a chiropractor....ever. They're quacks, they aren't qualified medical professional in any way, they're kept in business by ignorance and nothing more.

    In your case I'd get a massage and then learn some yoga/meditation, try and work meditation into your daily life.


    shut your mouth! haha just because you had a bad experience doesn't mean we are all quacks! ignorant......


    BUT, do you work nude.....icon_redface.gificon_redface.gif



    no....they won't let me.... icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 21, 2011 6:50 AM GMT
    Massage after the gym. Works like a charm.

    Also, there is better living through pharmacy. Paxil and Xanax work wonders.

    Also, one can be overwhelmed, be living with depression and anxiety AND be happy at the same time.

    It's possible.

    I know.

    I do.

    :-)