What Is The Difference Between A Chiropractor And A Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapy and Chiropractic

How are they the same?
What are the differences?
“Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?”. A question that gets asked every now and then is, “should I see a chiropractor or a physiotherapist?”.

While there are many similarities between the two professions, there are also several differences.





What are the differences

Chiropractic Care

Spine. Chiropractors can and often do treat most areas of your body. However, they generally tend to focus more on your spine and related structures. Their aim is to improve areas of your spine that are not moving well or have abnormal mechanics.

Adjustment. One of the biggest differences is with the treatment used. The main treatment used by chiropractors is the adjustment. This can be performed by an instrument or by hand. By improving the function of your spine, this helps alleviate whatever pains you may be dealing with. A typical visit with your chiropractor may be anywhere from just a few minutes to 15 minutes.

Nervous system. Chiropractors also recognize that your nervous system controls everything in your body, from your muscles to your organs, from your head to your toes. By reducing your spinal tension, this reduces the stress on your nerves which then improves the ability of your body to function and heal.

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Movement. The goal of physiotherapy is to restore proper movement patterns and correct muscular imbalances or weaknesses in order to reduce your discomfort and improve your body’s ability to move properly. Physiotherapists treat a variety of injuries and problems. While they can help those with back pain and headaches, they also treat other injuries such as ankle sprains and knee injuries.

Rehab. The services they provide also includes post-surgical care as well as post-stroke rehabilitation, areas that chiropractors seldom treat. In general, physiotherapists employ a variety of techniques and treatment methods into their care plans. This can include manual therapy, acupuncture, electrical modalities, ultrasound and visceral manipulation. They also tend to place a greater emphasis on exercise rehab.

A typical session with your physiotherapist is between 30 to 60 minutes.

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So Who Should I See?

If you are still unsure, then a simple suggestion would be this: while you can benefit from seeing either practitioner, chiropractors tend to see more patients with back, neck or headache problems, whereas physiotherapists tend to see more patients with arm or leg problems.

We can help you understand your health problem and connect you with the best person to get you on your way to feeling better. Reach out by calling us at 604-738-1168 to chat with your physiotherapist or chiropractor to learn more.

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