Physiotherapy compared to Chiropractic

Physiotherapy compared to Chiropractic?

 

There are many similarities when you compare going to Physiotherapy or attending a Chiropractor’s clinic. Both perform a detailed examination, and both use manipulation of the spine to treat low back pain, neck pain, headaches, and migraine headaches.

There are however some fundamental differences in how a Physio treats a customer for low back pain compared to a Chiropractor. Chiropractors manipulate the spine with gentle pushes to move the bones and restore nerve flow. In doing this it helps the person get out of pain and heal fast. A physiotherapist also manipulates the bones, but uses a different and distinct style compared to a Chiropractor. Additionally they rely more on soft tissue work than Chiropractors. This means they will give you more exercises, and focus on strengthening your muscular system. A physiotherapist also relies more on modalities such as ultrasound, or interferential therapy, where in essence a machine is used to facilitate healing in the body.

Chiropractic’s main strength is they look at the body in a holistic way. This means they consider the whole body and spine when treating, and commonly will treat your neck and thoracic spine, even when you present with acute low back pain. It is fair to say they rely more on spinal manipulation than using machines to help the body heal. A chiropractors goal is to restore nerve flow in the spine. By comparison a Physiotherapy’s goal is to restore blood flow to help the healing of the body.

Both professions are regulated by the British government for over 5 years and have been in existence for over 100 years. Both professions have supporting research in the form of randomised clinical trials in support of treating acute and chronic low back pain. Due to government regulation Physiotherapy and Chiropractic will be fully insured. This is certainly the case in the Stourbridge area.

All practitioners are unique and have their own style based partly on their training, and also their experience. When considering who to see, It is always worth seeing an experienced therapist whoever you choose. Obviously a recommendation from a friend or family member is valuable factor in the decision making process. Other factors to consider are testimonials from previous customers for the treatment of low back pain (particularly if they are local sounding people (if video testimonials)). Written testimonials helping people with low back pain should be given less significance for obvious reasons.

In conclusion there is no clear claim for superiority from Physiotherapy over Chiropractic. Both are well used treatments for low back pain, and are used in the Stourbridge, Kingswinford, and Pedmore, Hagley, Wollaston area.

If you are interested in learning more about the Chiropractic treatment for low back pain, please look here.