Many people often ask me, what is the difference between chiropractic and physical therapy? People who are experiencing pain get confused on whether they should see a physical therapist or a chiropractor. I’d like to dive into this topic more with this blog post. Let’s get started with a description of each, how they are similar, how they differ, and which may be the better option for you based on your needs.
The main focus of chiropractic is the spine. We also work on extremity issues with great success. The basis of our technique though, is spinal health. The human spine is designed to keep us upright (think posture) and to protect the nervous system. Any pain or injury or change to the spine can affect how you feel and how you function. The chiropractor’s job is to find spinal restrictions or injuries and restore movement and position to those areas. By doing this, the body feels better, the body heals better, and the body functions better. Our philosophy is that the body is self-healing. My job as a chiropractor is to help your body heal the best it can through a healthy spial column. Chiropractic is famous for helping people get out of pain, and it is also used to help promote overall health and wellbeing.
Physical therapists work to help people feel better by addressing musculoskeletal issues through the modalities of stretching, strengthening and sometimes using passive techniques like laser, ultrasound, dry needling, etc… Usually, PT is performed for a set amount of time or visits to restore the patient back to the state they desire, which is typically pain free. Once the patient is pain free, they stop physical therapy.
Which is best for me?
It really depends on what you are looking for. If you want an overall wholistic approach to improving your body’s ability to heal itself than chiropractic is for you. If you are looking for a biomechanical approach to your pain than PT would be a good choice. It does not have to be an either-or decision. Many people choose to use both! There is not a right or wrong answer when it comes to chiropractic and physical therapy. I recommend finding which style you prefer. Most importantly is finding the person you resonate with and enjoy working with, no matter which profession they are in.
Have you ever went into a Doctors office and felt extremely uncomfortable even while just sitting in the waiting room? Maybe you didn’t even get a “Hello” from the staff? It’s really unfortunate but medicine is performed in an environment that is not very healing. Most of the time when you walk in to a doctors office the first words you hear are “I need your ID and insurance card”. The whole process can be very un-nerving. For healing to take place, a connection is needed. Healing is a connection.
At my office we strive and excel at making your experience much different. We are grateful and appreciative you chose our office. I understand that healing comes from trust and confidence in not only your doctor, but in their staff as well. We treat everyone like family.
When you are sick, injured or in pain I understand that is a scary experience. Getting help or relief should be the opposite of scary. It should be warm, welcoming, and relaxed.
If you have not been to our office, or if you have been putting of getting care because you are scared or have had a bad experience in another Doctor’s office, rest assured you will find our office much different. Give me a call at 773-545-9379 and let’s get you back on the road to better health.
Most people who come to our office do so because they are experiencing back pain or neck pain that has started to interfere with their life in a negative way.
Back pain comes in many different forms: Sciatica, bulging or herniated discs, pulled muscles, sprained muscles, or even a back that is “locked” or “out”. Whatever the case may be, it is important to realize the pain you are experiencing is not the problem. Pain is just the body’s alarm system being activated to tell us there is a problem and you better pay attention or it will get worse. When we are in pain, our natural reaction is to want the pain to go away as quickly as possible because it is so uncomfortable.
I am here to tell you the “quick-fix” is not the right fix. Yes, taking pills may get you out of pain, but has the underlying problem been fixed? Remember, the pain is not the problem! If your check engine light goes on in your car, do you merely cover up the light with a piece of tape and keep driving on, or do you have a professional get under the hood to find the problem and fix it?
Chiropractors are the mechanics for your body. We figure out what is causing your back or neck pain and then we get in there and make the changes necessary to fix your problem.
If you are suffering from back pain, please let us help you. Even if you have given up hope and have tried everything under the sun to feel better, we can help you!