Think about a time you felt pain. If it was related to your back, friends and family might have recommended you see a chiropractor. When you've mentioned pain have these family and friends recommended you see a physical therapist?
Unfortunately, many people don't fully understand physical therapy and how it is different from chiropractic care. Both approach healing more naturally and are knowledgeable about reducing pain and improving mobility. And both focus on not just treating symptoms but function to avoid surgery and expensive medications.
The difference between physical therapy and chiropractic care depends on the physical therapist or chiropractor you are seeing! Chiropractors are most famous for performing "adjustments," which is technically a high-velocity low amplitude thrust manipulation. (The word "adjustment" is much easier right!) Many physical therapists perform these, but they also perform other grades of manipulation that can be more gentle, which some people prefer.
Physical therapists typically do more movement analysis and focus on more than just treating joints, but, again, it depends on which physical therapist or chiropractor you see.
Physical therapists are movement experts who specialize in improving the quality of life through various treatment options, including exercise, joint manipulation, manual therapy, dry needling, soft-tissue mobilization, virtual reality, and patient education. Physical therapists treat a variety of conditions, from arthritis and chronic pain to incontinence and vertigo.
In our clinic, we want to help our patients take control of their pain. We want you to live a healthier lifestyle. We begin with a detailed whole-body evaluation when you see one of our physical therapists. We want to hear your health journey to determine the best treatment option for your body. We will improve your mobility, help you see a reduction in pain, and increase your ability to participate in the activities you enjoy most in life.
Both physical therapists and chiropractors have the common goal of helping patients heal. For chiropractors treating pain and symptoms is often the primary goal with the secondary purpose of regaining mobility. As physical therapists, our primary goal is to restore mobility and empower our patients to be active in their healing. If you have more questions about the difference between the two professions or would like to try seeing a physical therapist, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.