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What is the difference between chiropractic and massage?

Chiropractic is a profession that assesses, prevents and treats problems of the spinal column and other joints of the body through specific manual practices (chiropractic adjustments) aiming to correct alterations such as vertebral misalignments or lack of movement in these spinal joints (subluxations). This profession requires a five-year degree program, where students acquire extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, body movement (kinesiology and biomechanics), chiropractic techniques, orthopedic and neurological examinations, and interpretation of imaging tests. Additionally, they acquire specialized knowledge to treat diverse populations such as the elderly, pregnant women, children and various pathologies, ensuring that chiropractic procedures are performed safely and effectively.

Massage therapy is a profession that does not require a higher education degree for professionals to treat patients and there are various short-term and technical courses that teach a multitude of techniques. In some degree programs like Naturopathy, certain massage practices are included in the curriculum. Massage has a positive effect on the skin, muscles and extends to the lymphatic tissues when lymphatic drainage is performed. There are various types of massage, and unlike chiropractic, which originated in the United States, massage has different branches and origins, such as Indian massage (Ayurvedic), tantric, Thai, modeling and the use of hot stones, bamboo, and other materials aimed at relaxation."

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