I have seen a chiropractor for 2 years and it was the first chiropractic experience I've tried. I noticed some improvement in my posture and energy at the beginning, but over time my body got used to it and stayed at a certain point. I was also going too often for adjustments when normally I should have only gone when I really felt like I needed to. I decided I was spending too much of my time doing one thing that gave little value and my life could not be spent like that anymore.
There happened to be a more convenient place that offered all of massage therapy, chiropractic care, and physiotherapy and I decided to seek that out instead. I learned that the doctors there were actually kind enough to prioritize independence in their patients when it came to choosing to get treated or not, rather than having patients just come in every week, year after year, or even for life. Unlike the previous place, they got by mostly due to word of mouth instead of having to rely on advertisements or showcasing their service at conventions. It gave me some hope that they cared more about treating patients instead of simply keeping customers. I went for a physio exam and learned that there were some useful exercises I should have been doing if I wanted to relieve some muscle pain in my back. It has helped with some issues but again has only gotten me so far.
Later, I tried massage therapy because of some persistent neck and back muscle pain that chiropractic and physiotherapy did not help very much with. In 1 hour, I felt more relieved than any of the previous chiropractic treatments combined. It made me put into perspective what I really needed most, and that I could have saved myself 2 years and the pretty large payments I made to the chiropractor when a good massage proved to be more essential for me. I learned that simply getting chiropractic adjustments was not enough especially if the muscles in the surrounding area were still tense, which they seriously were. I learned from a new chiropractor that chiropractic is actually one of the last resorts once massage or physio were not good enough to relieve pain. People have been saying at my local gym how important it was to see both a chiropractor and massage therapist (and perhaps a physiotherapist as well), but most of them prioritize the massage. After hitting the gym consistently for so long lifting weights, it was very important, crucial even, for the muscles to be able to return to a neutral relaxed state. Gotta break up that fascial build-up and increase blood circulation to the entire body. This is serious stuff that everybody should be aware of if they care about their health. Especially if you are still young, it's a good idea to learn and deal with these things before they get harder or worse later on in life.
Although it is looking like massage therapy was the best in my situation, all three methods of physical treatment seem to have worked in their own respective ways. Each are relevant in society and each tackle different parts of the body and address different issues. I might have to get all 3 together in the near future in a balanced way to see if I feel an even bigger benefit. I'm sure that many people will speak highly of whichever one works best for them. It looks like I will definitely prioritize getting a massage on a regular basis from now on. Like hitting the gym, getting a massage will have to be an essential routine of my lifestyle into the future. If you are reading this and have not had a massage for a long time (or had one in more than a few months even), I would recommend you not only go get one, but talk to people, find a good practitioner and make it a regular habit. This is one of those things where it affects your daily life and makes it difficult for you to do the things you enjoy or the tasks people count on you to do. Personally, it felt as if a fog and a great deal of weight lifted from my shoulders. You might be in a similar situation where you got used to feeling tired or fatigued as "normal" for a long time, so you only have to gain from getting a good massage. If it feels like the right thing to do, go for it, because it could probably extend your life and be well worth it. :)