I am often asked by patients whether I think chiropractic, chinese tuina or massage would be the best choice for them. The answer is usually a combination.
Let me start by saying that Chiropractic and Chinese Tuina are very, very similar, therefore you could consider either as a form of treatment.
Your muscles attach to your bones and, whether or not they are tight and contracted, are controlled by nerves. If bones don’t move, the muscles will have no reason to lengthen.
Are your bones moving properly?
Is the motion in your neck restricted when you look at the ceiling? When you try to look round while driving, do you have to rely on your mirrors because your neck is too stiff? If you answered yes, then the problem stems from a skeletal issue and so chiropractic would be your best choice.
Tingling or numbness?
Do you ever have tingling or numbness in your fingers or toes? Do you have referred pain down an arm or leg? These things point toward an issue with your nerves and so your problem needs chiropractic attention.
More complex than you think
Massage is a wonderful thing. It stimulates blood flow and just the simple act of someone touching you is relaxing. But does it correct the underlying cause? Probably not. The reason your muscles are too contracted is often much more complex than a simple muscle issue. It often relates to poor posture or a sedentary lifestyle. When faced with the choice of chiropractic, tuina or massage, try chiropractic or tuina first to get your spine moving better and then supplement that work with massage.
If you’d like to know more, or make an appointment, contact Dr Wen at AlgarveChiro & Tuina on +351 920290142.