Chiropractic Treatments St Paul MN | Massage Therapy

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure—mainly the spine—and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

These days, people are turning to massage as a form of alternative therapy — like chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, and others — to find a cure for what ails them. In fact, twice as many Americans report receiving one or more massages from a massage therapist in the past year (16 percent) as did in 1997 (8 percent), according to the American Massage Therapy Association, or AMTA.

The term massage therapy encompasses many different techniques. In general, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general well-being.

Several mind and body approaches ranked among the top 10 CAM practices reported by adults in the 2007 NHIS.

According to the 2007 NHIS, chiropractic manipulation and massage ranked in the top 10 CAM therapies among both adults and children. The survey found that 8.6 percent of adults and 2.8 percent of children had used chiropractic manipulation, and 8.3 percent of adults and 1 percent of children had used massage.

People who utilize Chiropractic treatments regularly tend to have less prescription and over-the-counter medication use overall. In addition, treatments for common conditions such as back pain tend to be less costly when CAM practices are used. This is due to an overall reduction of high-tech diagnostic studies, medication use and surgical intervention. A 2004 study showed a 28 percent reduction in cost per episode of treating back pain for employees with chiropractic insurance coverage than for those without it.