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Posted on 12-05-2014

Many people often wonder what the difference is between a chiropractor and physical therapist. While both these professionals help patients with muscular and skeletal pain issues, the scope of work and the cases in which each professional can be of help to you are vastly different.

Similarities between a chiropractor and a physical therapist

Both a chiropractor and a physical therapist are trained to perform a series of muscular and skeletal adjustment and realignment exercises that can relieve stress and alleviate pain in the body of a patient. They can help you get rid of the pain you got in your back from slipping down the stairs, or the pain in your neck from a car accident.

Differences between a chiropractor and a physical therapist

While both of these professionals share some fundamental techniques for the treatment of body pain, there are stark differences between the two. Physical therapists are movement restoration experts, and their services are best suited for someone recovering from an accident or disease that has robbed them of their normal movement functions. Chiropractors, on the other hand, are specialists of the human spine region. They have been trained extensively on the alignment of the spine and use manipulation techniques to help re-align the spine, to help decrease pain and discomfort. However, Chiropractors are also trained in rehabilitative exercises, just as a Physical Therapist. They use these exercises as adjunctive therapy to their manipulation treatment. However, a Physical Therapist is not trained to perform manipulations of the spine. Their main focus is on pain relief through these rehabilitative exercises. So, although a Chiropractor can perform the same duties as a Physical Therapist, a Physical Therapist can not. For your day to day injuries and pain, a chiropractor will be much better suited to provide you with a resolution to your issues.

A chiropractor will help you resolve back pain, neck, pain and muscular pain issues through  spinal manipulation, exercise, and better living tips. You can learn how to improve your posture, and identify ergonomics related problems in your home or office from a chiropractor. Their knowledge of the spine extends to medicine as well as radiology and they can help you diagnose problems and suggest treatments for them.

Dr. Heath Gallentine

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