Physical Therapy and Chiropractors
By: Megan Enright: Digital Marketing Specialist
Many people think physical therapists and chiropractors are the same and that is incorrect. Although both typically address impairments and symptoms in the Musculoskeletal system, there is a difference in the approach and the length of intervention may vary. As defined by Merriam Webster Chiropractors are licensed healthcare professionals who treat disorders (such as back and neck pain) chiefly of the musculoskeletal system, especially through the manual adjustment or manipulation of the spinal vertebrae to correct the nervous system.
- Manipulation/adjustment of the spine
- Passive Modalities (Heat, Ice, and E Stim)
- Treatment may last for months to years
According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary Physical Therapy is therapy for the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (such as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training. Physical Therapy aims at empowering the patient to perform exercises to improve the stability and mobility of the respective body part in addition to ergonomics, and patient education and may use adjuncts such as mobilization, manipulation, or soft tissue massage to further improve the recovery of the patient.
- Therapeutic exercise to improve mobility, stability, strength, and flexibility of the musculoskeletal system.
- Balance, gait, posture, Ergonomics.
- Empower the patient with home programs and education to enable them to address their condition independently.
- Adjunct includes manual therapy (soft tissue massage, manipulation, mobilization, etc.)
- Modalities including Heat, Ice, Electrical Stimulation, and US
- Treatments may last 1-3 months.