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Do I need a massage or chiropractor for a stiff neck?

I am a 22 year old male and I have had a stiff neck for 3 days. Do I need a massage or chiropractor for a stiff neck?

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To be honest, you probably need both. Each has its own use, and if you're already in pain, it means it has involved muscles and bones. Do yourself a favor, get both.
If you have a stiff neck, it should be addressed. A good chiropractor will take a detailed history and do a thorough examination to identify the cause of your symptoms. The chiropractor can make the recommendation for a massage therapist, if he or she thinks that it is a musculoskeletal issue. If there is something else going on, the chiropractor should make the appropriate referral.
Chiropractic to further evaluate if it is more than just muscle.
Yes, chiropractic can definitely help with stiff necks. In the mean time, use ice 20 min on, hour off and stretch as much as you can in range of motion. Turn head to left as far as you can and hold a about 30 seconds to start then to the right and hold always releasing slowly to not cause spasm. Chiro is so good for you in many ways, helps keep your whole body functioning properly.
It depends. Was it due to an injury or did you just wakeup with it? If it is the latter, massage should be fine, but if it doesn't help or causes the pain and stiffness to worsen, I would see a chiropractor. If due to injury, definitely chiro.

Yours in health,

Doc J

Chiropractic first. Then massage if you really want to accelerate results. The stiffness is because the muscles are reacting to misaligned vertebrae in the spine.


Dr. Brandon Buttry
Both can help you. Chiropractic can help release any joint stiffness in your neck or back while massage works on muscle tension. Some chiropractors do both so ask for it. We are able to do muscle work by hand or machines to loosen you up before adjustment.

Vishal K. Verma, DC, CCSP

Both. Chiropractic will help address the cause of the problem and massage can be very helpful in relieving those stiff muscles quickly.
A doctor of Chiropractic is licensed to exam and treat conditions of the human body including the spine. Massage may be utilized as a treatment protocol and help with the overall treatment. However, massage therapist are not license to treat any conditions.
Both therapies may help a stiff neck. I would recommend trying massage first. If that does not resolve your issue, try Chiropractic.
In conjunction with your chiropractic treatment plan, continual stretching and home exercises can ensure your neck pain stays at bay. Soft tissue massage can also loosen muscle knots in the neck and shoulders to relieve pain.