Differences between Chiropractors and PhysiotherapistsDifferences between Chiropractors and Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists and chiropractors have similar goals in mind for patients, but they may go about achieving these goals in different ways. A Chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their health via exercise. Chiropractic is generally categorised as alternative medicine.

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Differences between Chiropractors and Physiotherapists

by Nexlec team 

Aug 31, 2021

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Physiotherapists and chiropractors have similar goals in mind for patients, but they may go about achieving these goals in different ways.

A Chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their health via exercise. Chiropractic is generally categorised as alternative medicine.

Whereas a physiotherapist assesses, diagnose, plan and manage the care of patients across a broad range of areas with musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic and neurological problems. They help patients with chronic disease management, provide lifestyle modification and self-management advice, prescribe and supervise exercise for both patients and carers and provide health promotion education, occupational health assessment and injury prevention activities.

Both physiotherapy (also called physical therapy) and chiropractic focus on the use of non-invasive techniques to control pain and other symptoms. Both disciplines use practical therapy to treat specific conditions.


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