In the past, some people may have once thought they had to choose between visiting a chiropractor and seeing a physical therapist. The reality is that chiropractic care and physical therapy work very well together.
What Do Chiropractors and Physical Therapist Do?
Chiropractors use chiropractic adjustments to the musculoskeletal system and other similar therapies to restore spinal alignment, joint movement and nerve performance in order to reduce pain and improve function and balance within the body.
Physical therapists use exercises, stretching and other rehabilitation therapies to improve range of motion and strength; their goal is to reduce pain and deliver increased functionality.
The Argument Against Cooperation
Why were people once discouraged from seeking both chiropractic care and physical therapy?
The most frequently stated argument seemed to be that if patients simultaneously underwent both types of treatment, then it was impossible to tell which one helped them.
This seems a bit disingenuous; it is rather like saying people should not enjoy eating peanut butter cups because they will not be able to tell whether they prefer the taste of peanut butter or chocolate.
How Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Work Together
There is some natural overlap between chiropractic care and physical therapy.
Professionals from both fields often utilize targeted exercises and injury recovery therapies like electrical stimulation, massage, icing and heat.
However, their respective focuses are different.
Chiropractors concentrate primarily on correcting alignment issues and freeing the nerves, joints and other tissues so that everything can work as it was intended to.
Physical therapists generally work to rebuild muscle strength and restore range of motion.
Ultimately, chiropractic care and physical therapy complement each other beautifully.
Chiropractic helps to provide a solid, healthy foundation, and physical therapy builds up the muscles that are needed to keep that foundation stable and strong.
Patients who have suffered an injury, undergone surgery, or are dealing with a health condition that negatively impacts their range of motion or mobility can often benefit greatly from either chiropractic care or physical therapy.
However, the combination of the two treatments can often deliver even better results.
Make an appointment today to learn how you can benefit from chiropractic and physical therapy.
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