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Why Combining Chiropractic + Physiotherapy Is So Effective

On their own, physiotherapy and chiropractic care are both effective treatment approaches for a variety of ailments.

Many patients who seek help from their chiropractor usually complain of back, neck pain or headache. In addition, patients with knee, shoulder or sporting injuries commonly seek out the help of their physiotherapist.

There is quite a fair bit of overlap between the two approaches as both can be quite helpful for the same injury. However, for those patients with more complicated problems that find their progress difficult or stalling, combining the two approaches can be a good option in helping them achieve the improvements they are after.

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Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors are often focused on assessing the health of your spine and determining how any problems in your spine may be affecting your back or other parts of your body. When problems are detected, chiropractic treatment is then carefully administered through the use of joint or spinal adjustments in order to improve the mechanics and movement of your joints and spine, thereby improving the ability of your body to heal and repair.

In addition to the adjustments, chiropractors will often provide patients with additional information on things such as specific exercises, dietary and supplement recommendations and postural or ergonomic strategies in order to enhance their recovery

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Physiotherapy often centres around identifying deficiencies in larger or whole body movement patterns as well as recognizing any muscular imbalances or weaknesses.

Treatment from your physiotherapist can include:

  • cupping
  • hands-on manual therapy
  • improving your core stability
  • IMS or dry needling
  • individualized corrective exercises to either stretch or strengthen key areas
  • modalities such as ultrasound or laser
  • postural correction tips

The best of both worlds

If you are dealing with a more challenging or complex injury, major breakthroughs in your recovery often happen when both approaches are used in combination with each other. Much like building a fence, the first step is often ensuring that the fence post is vertical and in the correct position. Once that is established, concrete is then poured around the fence post in order to help it stay in the right position and alignment.

First, normal function and movement are restored to a previously injured area. Once this is done, all your other soft tissues around your injury are checked to make sure they are working properly. With normal coordination of all your body parts comes improved function and a return to more normal movement

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Just as both peanut butter and jam are each delicious on their own, by combining the two, you create the classic PB&J (peanut butter and jam) sandwich that is enjoyed by millions around the world.

By combining physiotherapy and chiropractic care, especially for those that have more complex or nagging injuries, you get the best of both worlds and might finally be able to get the improvements in your health and life that you were looking for

We Can Help

If you are dealing with a more complex or chronic problem that requires a team approach, reach out to us to speak with one of our North Burnaby Heights health practitioners. They can help you find out the best way to help you get relief and get back your life

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist?

A: Though they are both very similar, there are slight differences between the two. Chiropractors tend to perform more spinal ant joint adjustments and treat more back and neck problems. Physiotherapists tend to focus more on movement and function and treat more arm and leg injuries

Q: Can I see my physio and chiro on the same day?

A: Absolutely! Seeing one does not prevent you from seeing the other, as they are often complementary treatments to each other

Q: Do I need a referral to see my physiotherapist or chiropractor?

A: You can make appointments to see both your chiropractor and physiotherapist directly, no referral is needed in either case

Results will of course vary from person to person