Many people often confuse chiro massage with physiotherapist and believe that these two professional profiles perform the same job, so we believe it is important to talk about the differences and how they are perceived socially.
For whom is Chiromassage indicated?
Chiromassage focuses on the ability to perform manual massages by making small movements with the hands over the area of the patient’s body to be treated. The main goals of this therapy are to reduce muscle stress, eliminate toxins, and lower blood pressure to improve mood.
Chiromassage is suitable as a compliment, an added value. Among the main benefits of chiromassage are relaxation, revitalization, preparation, and recovery of the muscles for physical activity, improved flexibility, activation, and improvement of blood circulation, and elimination of toxins.
This set of techniques are used mainly to prevent potential ailments and improve the quality of life through manual massages. It is considered a highly useful alternative therapy, but since it is not a recognized health profession, there is still controversy about its therapeutic effectiveness and whether or not it should be part of all the professionals in the health system.
A good chiromassage is made up of the following parts or phases:
- Preparatory exercises: exploration, initial contact, magnetic sedative passes, etc.
- Knead: to distort and lengthen the muscle fibers,
- Specific exercises: different for each particular case, and
- Completion exercises: vibrations, finger drumming, venal drainage, and magnetic sedative passes
This technique is used to reduce pain in patients with different ailments such as muscle contractures, joint pain, tendinitis among other pathologies.
The figure of the Physiotherapist
Physiotherapists are health workers who work in the prevention and maintenance of health and the rehabilitation of ailments or injuries. These professionals have superior academic training and use approved resources to treat their patients. The exercises they use when treating their patients are recognized by official bodies.
Physiotherapist not only focuses on exercises done by hand on the painful area of the patient but also includes a series of devices to check the value of the muscle involvement and strength of the painful area. These tests are used to have more information about the injuries and to know, for sure, how to act in each case. Physiotherapy is an aid in the diagnosis of patients that allows having more information about their evolution and their injuries. The figure of the physiotherapist is highly valued and is one of the most demanded when it comes to curing possible injuries and reducing pain in the muscles and joints.
Physiotherapy is the ideal tool for patients who need to rehabilitate from possible ailments such as genetic disorders, accidents, or sports injuries. Some people use this service more regularly, such as those who have suffered a traffic accident and their own doctor recommends this therapy to help them recover and re-shape their muscles. It is very important that in such cases, our family doctor diagnose us and know how to transfer us to a physiotherapy professional.
As I have already mentioned, the health professions are those that are covered by the law. Therefore, massage should be understood as a relaxing therapy, and it will only be used to treat a pathology when prescribed by a physiotherapist or doctor.
It would be a great advance if the chiromassage were regulated because it would facilitate that the training was complete and regulated. Being under the supervision of the educational and health administrations, it would avoid having chiro massage courses with incomplete content and teaching hours, insufficient to be able to perform their function safely.
As in many other professions, between physiotherapy and chiromassage there are discussions about the competencies of each profession. It is true that a chiropractor, even having very good training, cannot and should not be compared to a physiotherapist, due to the aforementioned in terms of training, but it is no less true that he has the ability and knowledge to increase the well-being of any “client” who comes to your office or consultation.
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