What Is The Difference Between A Chiropractor And A Physiotherapist?

When dealing with an injury, it can be confusing on who to get help from. Chiropractors and physiotherapists have many similarities but are also distinct in several ways. Not sure who to see? Let us help you find the best practitioner for you

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Physiotherapy
Restore body movement patterns and function
Chiropractic
Improve spinal mechanics and motion
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How Are They Similar?

  • Hands-On or Manual Treatment. Both often use their hands to perform a treatment or hand-held tools, such as a mobilization or an Activator adjustment
  • Exercise Rehab. Care plans often include a variety of stretching, strengthening and core exercises to support your treatment
  • Treatment of Nerve, Muscle and Joint Problems. Both physiotherapists and chiropractors are skilled in helping those with a variety of physical injuries and problems including back pain, headaches and shoulder injuries

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Conditions Treated

Both chiropractors vs physiotherapists treat similar conditions and areas, but generally:

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Most patients who visit a chiropractor tend to have

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • In other words, spinal problems and injuries

Physiotherapists

Compared to chiropractors, physiotherapists treat more

  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Wrist or hand
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Ankle and feet injuries

Essentially, arm and leg conditions and pains

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Other Differences
Chiropractic care

Spine. Chiropractors can treat most areas of your body but focus on your spine and related structures. Their aim is to improve areas of your spine that are not moving properly.

Adjustment. The main treatment used is the adjustment. This is done with an instrument or by hand. Improving how your spine moves can help ease your pain. A visit may be just a few minutes to 15 minutes.

Nervous system. Chiropractors recognize that your nervous system impacts your entire body, from your muscles to your organs, your head to your toes. By improving spinal mechanics, this allows your brain to better control your body, reducing injuries and improving your ability to heal.

Physiotherapy

Movement. Physiotherapists restore movement patterns and corrects muscular imbalances or weaknesses to reduce discomfort and improve your ability to move. They treat a variety of problems. They help those with back pain, headaches and other injuries such as ankle and knee injuries.

Rehab. They provide post-surgical and post-stroke rehabilitation, areas chiropractors seldom treat. Physios use a variety of techniques and treatment methods. This includes manual therapy, modalities, ultrasound and visceral manipulation. They tend to place greater emphasis on exercise rehab.

A session usually lasts 30-60 minutes.

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