Chiropractic Care vs. Physical Therapy: Why You Should Consider Both | Dynamic Wellness

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For those who don’t want to take prescription painkillers for their pain, there are plenty of options available out there. But how do you choose the right one? If you’re currently considering alternative treatment options for pain relief, we’re here to help you make that decision.

On this article, we will be focusing on two of the most popular solutions to pain: chiropractic treatment and physical therapy. Both are well known because of their effectiveness. However, there are minor differences that you should be aware of.

Treatment Approach and Philosophy

When it comes to treating patients who are experiencing pain, chiropractors and physical therapists have slightly different methods. It is all based on the philosophy that each discipline follows.

A chiropractor focuses on musculoskeletal conditions and the nervous system. They will look at the effects of such conditions by analyzing the entire structure.

Physical therapists on the other hand are involved in promoting health, wellness, and fitness through risk factor identification and preventative care. They evaluate, diagnose, and treat problems caused by various factors such as aging, injury, disease, etc.

Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to restore range of motion, while physical therapists use other techniques to restore strength and balance.

Education and Training

There is a long education process that must be completed before someone can become a chiropractor or a physical therapist.

For someone to become a chiropractor, they have to earn a Doctorate in Chiropractic. This can take anywhere from six to eight years. This also includes 5,200 instructional hours and three to four years of undergraduate school. They then complete two to four years of chiropractic school, a 1-year residency, and an examination from the National State Board.

Before someone can become a physical therapist, they need to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, which is usually a 7-year program. It includes around 3,500 instructional hours and four years of undergrad, followed by three years of physical therapy school. Physical therapy students must also complete a 30-week internship and pass the National Physical Therapy Exam.

Specializations and Clinical Expertise

Both chiropractors and physical therapists diagnose and treat patients, but there are some differences in their areas of practice.

Chiropractors are known for adjusting the spine and restoring its alignment, allowing the body to heal itself optimally while also providing pain relief. This includes soft tissue mobilization and joint adjustment. They use their knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions to treat patients properly.

Their education also gives them an understanding of physical therapy techniques, general medicine, radiology, and neurology. Chiropractors can help improve sports performance, muscle coordination, etc.

Physical therapists are experts in terms of human movement and the restoration of movement-related processes. They also have an understanding of chiropractic care and general medicine.

In the end, they have the same goal, and that is to restore quality of life and help patients feel better.

The Benefits of Using Both

Because of the small differences between chiropractic care and physical therapy, you may get the best results from using both alternative treatment options and letting them overlap with one another. Chiropractors will be able to provide pain relief while your physical therapist can improve your mobility.

Visit a chiropractic clinic or a physical therapist today and experience the benefits of alternative treatment methods today!

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