Physical Therapy vs. Chiropractic; Which is Right for You?

Choosing a healthcare professional to work with on your treatment is an important decision and the more you know about your options, the easier that decision can be to make. In this video we learn the differences (or lack thereof) between Physical Therapy and modern-day Chiropractic.


What’s the difference?

Traditionally chiropractic includes mostly the hands-on therapies: manual adjustments, myofascial release, stretching, etc.  These therapies are focused on loosening up the body and improving mobility. Physical Therapy, on the other hand, focuses on finding areas of instability and using exercises to improve stability in those areas.

Although traditionally these treatments are very different, the modern practice of both Chiropractic and Physical Therapy is very similar. There is a vast amount of research out there touting the benefits of both the manual therapies of Chiropractic and the stability exercises of Physical Therapy. The trick of a good treatment plan is implementing the right therapy in the appropriate situation. The healthcare professional that you choose to work with should be knowledgeable in several types of therapies in order to offer the most comprehensive treatment possible. This requires constant research but yields the most effective treatment plans and the best results for patients- which is what it’s all about!


Moral of the story

If a Physical Therapist or Chiropractor is worth their weight in salt, there will be quite a bit of crossover between the two fields. So much so that the difference is virtually indistinguishable.