Chiropractic vs Physiotherapy

When you have pain in your back, head, neck, or other area of your body, where should you look for relief and possible healing? Two possible choices include chiropractic or physiotherapy, professions that aim  to examine and treat your joints and muscles.

What Is Physiotherapy?

If you are unfamiliar with the term “physiotherapy,” you might notice that it sounds similar to “physical therapy.” The two terms are synonymous in Europe and Australia, where there are consistent standards in both education and in and training. In the United States, what a physical therapist is trained to perform depends on their education, which may just include exercise or may also include hands-on manual therapy. A physical therapist trained in physiotherapy meets the world-wide standards, provides more comprehensive treatment, and usually achieves better results.

How Chiropractic And Physiotherapy Approach Pain

Practitioners of both the chiropractic and physiotherapeutic approaches understand that tension in joints, muscles, nerves, and fascia results in pain, releasing that tension will result in healing. After taking x-rays and ordering other imaging tests, the professional will design a course of treatments that you will receive over a number of visits. A hands-on approach that involves manipulating injured areas may be a key component of the treatment plan, and may be a more effective, side-effect free alternative to drug therapy.

A chiropractor is likely to look at your tests and x-rays to see where parts of your spine meet the nerves going to different parts of your skeletal frame. This will give your chiropractor a better idea of the location of misalignments or subluxations that can impede nerve flow and cause joints to become injured. The treatments he suggests may involve manipulating your spine to free up compromised nerves, either manually or within the activator.

A professional with physiotherapy training might use a variety of approaches such as ultrasound, exercise, acupuncture, or acupressure to promote healing and strength, instead of or in addition to hands-on treatments. Someone trained in physiotherapy is taught to examine more areas of the body. Unlike a chiropractor, who might assume that the spine is the root of most problems in the micro skeletal system, a physiotherapist looks to broader causes.

Merging Chiropractic And Physiotherapy

Modern chiropractic practice has since evolved from the original chiropractic theories; many chiropractors now offer a more holistic approach, similar to what physiotherapy has offered all along. While retaining their belief that spinal manipulation is useful for many ailments, a broader approach, similar to physiotherapy, opens the door to include techniques that might be more beneficial to treating and healing injuries.

Some patients who do not respond to pure chiropractic treatment do better when a variety of treatment modalities are available. Chiropractors trained in physiotherapy might offer physical therapy along with massage, ultrasound, nutritional health, and a variety of approaches to offer an immediate “one stop shopping” approach for patients with busy lives. In addition, patient insurance companies are quick to accept this approach, as well.

Get The Best Of Both At Pinnacle Chiropractic & Spine Rehab Center

Dr. Casselman, DC and his team at Pinnacle Chiropractic and Spine Rehab Center have training that includes physiotherapy as well as chiropractic medicine, so you can expect to achieve effective pain relief, optimal range of motion, and an increase in overall wellness.
Make an appointment today at (303), 683-5060. For more information about our comprehensive services or to book an appointment.