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Physiotherapy or Chiropractic Care - Which One is Best For You?

Physiotherapy, commonly known as physical therapy is slightly similar to chiropractic care. While both disciplines are designed to help treat and manage various levels of pain, and stiffness in your body, they take on a slightly different approach. Additionally, both are taken on by a licensed professional and take years to master. To understand the difference, we will take you through various aspects of physiotherapy and chiropractic care - in the hope to help you choose the best service for you. 


Similarities Between Physiotherapy & Chiropractic Care

Sharing similar goals; A physiotherapist and chiropractor work in different ways. Here are some of the similarities:


  • They focus on helping individuals manage pain, and discomfort using non-surgical and non-invasive techniques.
  • They use manual hands-on therapy techniques to treat a condition.
  • They can treat the situation independently or use both physiotherapy and chiropractic care to target an issue.
  • They focus on a wellness plan that goes beyond the session.
  • Your complete history is taken into account, comprehensive examination, and testing may be scheduled.
  • They have licensed health professionals that carry years of education and training.


Differences Between Physiotherapy & Chiropractic Care? 

Once you understand the similarities between the two, it's easier to understand the differences. We have listed down a few ways these two practices follow a different code to help you out. 


Physical Therapy Works Towards:  

  • To help achieve pain and resistance-free movements
  • Betterment of your body functions altogether
  • Using stretches and exercises helps boost mobility

Chiropractic Care Work Towards: 

  • Relieving pain while aligning your spine
  • Achieving pain-free neck, back, arms, head, legs, and joints
  • Manipulating and adjusting to heal your body


Why Use Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help you work through a range of issues. These include, but are not limited to limited movement due to an accident, surgery, injury, or a health condition, Feeling pain due to movement, looking to increase your movement abilities, or looking for a way to build physical and mental strength. 


Why Use Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care can help you treat a wide range of back pain issues, neck pain, headaches, joint pain - knee pain, hip pain, and elbow pain. The practice is mostly taken for a specific area of your body, even though it works towards offering you a better living standard.


Which One is Best For You?

The only way to determine which one is best for you is by selecting the service you are looking for. Only by understanding the issues you face, and the cure you need; can you choose the service that will offer you the best service. 


There are times when you may have to take on both, as they both offer aspects that can help boost recovery. To ensure you make the right decision, we suggest you chat with your general physician, or specialist; allowing you to understand which practice offers you the answers you need. 

Keep in mind that: 


  • Physiotherapy and chiropractic care focus on managing pain with the help of hand-on and non-invasive techniques.
  • Physiotherapy focuses on your body movements and functions, taking on stretches and exercise to help you extend your range and dial back pain.
  • Chiropractic care focuses on disorders related to your muscles and nerve system.


Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk

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