What Is The Difference Between A Chiropractor And A Physiotherapist?
They are both health professions focused on helping people recover from their injury, improve and maintain their health. They both fall under the larger umbrella of conservative care which is the approach used in treating the majority of neuromusculoskeletal (nerve, muscle and bone) problems before surgical options are considered.
The treatment methods used are for the most part considered to be more “natural” and hands-on, as opposed using medications or surgery. They often both incorporate exercise rehabilitation and postural recommendations as part of their care plans. Both chiropractors and physiotherapists see and help patients with similar problems such as back injuries, shoulder pain and motor vehicle collision injuries.
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.
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 nervous system and improves your body’s ability to function and heal.
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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