What is the difference between Physiotherapy and Chiropractic?

Physiotherapists focus primarily on muscles and joints and how these function together. Naturally then, physiotherapists work on muscle balancing, rehabilitation, core strength, sports injuries and give exercises to help restore normal function.

Chiropractors apply “manipulations” or “adjustments” on the body to restore normal function and stimulate the nervous system. They treat the body as a whole but do tend to centralise on the spine and are generally more manipulative in their approach to treatment than a physiotherapist.

Both professions play their role in the health care profession and treat similar conditions but in different ways. Everyone is different in their body type and condition and the key thing is finding the therapy that works for you. Sometimes both professions can work together to co-manage a condition and provide the most optimal outcome for the patient.

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