A common comment that we often get is, “I’m not sure who I should be seeing – the chiro or the physio?” That is a really good question, because both chiropractors and physiotherapists have their own unique skill sets to treat physical conditions.
On deciding which to see, it will help to identify what the issue is.
Chiropractors concentrate on your nervous system, and how it relates to pain management and the body’s ability to heal itself. Is your issue… Restrictions in the spine can interfere with your nerves, causing you pain or discomfort in areas of your body that you may not realize are connected to the spine such as headaches, sciatica, or numbness in the arms and feet. Feeling stiff and sore frequently, which is relieved by movement or massages, usually indicates restrictions that can be aided by chiropractic care.
Physiotherapists assess your range of motion, pain, strength, and movement patterns to identify any movement and muscle dysfunctions that are contributing to your pain. Is your issue… Physiotherapists help to restore strength, balance and mobility of the muscles through rehabilitative exercises to restore function in your daily life, and to prevent future injuries. It may also include dry needling, sports massages, or shockwave therapy to aid your body in healing.
If you’ve checked off most of these boxes, you might be suitable to have a consultation with a chiropractor.
If you’ve checked off most of these boxes, you might be suitable to have a consultation with a physiotherapist.
What not many people realise is that chiropractors and physiotherapists both complement each other well, and combine to give results in the fastest time possible.
Before knowing which one to see for treatment, it is advisable to have a consultation first with either a chiropractor or physiotherapist, as BOTH are capable of diagnosing issues related to the neuromusculoskeletal system! Once a diagnosis is achieved and the root cause of the problem is understood, the patient can be referred to either the chiro/physio or both for the most appropriate care.
Watch the videos below to understand how our team of practitioners work together to get you better!