Why Combining Chiropractic Care And 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. Of course, there is also considerable 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.
Chiropractors are typically 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.
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 hands-on manual therapy, individualized corrective exercises to either stretch or strengthen key areas including core stability, tips on postural correction and other modalities such as ultrasound or laser.
The best of both worlds
For those patients who present with more challenging or complex injuries, significant breakthroughs in recovery often happen when both approaches are utilized 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 maintain proper positioning and alignment. Once proper function and movement are restored to a previously injured area of your spine or any joint for that matter, ensuring that all the other physical body elements around that structure are working properly and in the right sequence will help to not only improve but also maintain proper function and movement of that area. By doing so, this can also help lessen the chance of relapse.
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.
Results will of course vary from person to person