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The Difference between Chiropractic Massage and Physiotherapy
Chiropractic massage and physiotherapy are both popular methods of treating musculoskeletal conditions, but they differ in their approach and techniques. While both are focused on helping patients overcome pain and mobility issues, there are some fundamental differences between the two treatments and understanding these differences can help you make an informed decision about which therapy is right for you.
Chiropractic massage is a type of alternative medicine with manual therapy involving the use of hands to manipulate and mobilize the muscles, joints, and soft tissues of the body. This therapy is based on the belief that misalignments or subluxations of joints can cause a range of health problems, and that by restoring proper alignment, the body can heal itself. Chiropractors often use spinal adjustments, or high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts, to correct these subluxations, as well as other techniques like soft tissue manipulation, stretching, and exercise. Chiropractic massage is often used to treat conditions like back pain, neck pain, headaches, and sciatica.
Physiotherapy is a broader term that encompasses a range of techniques designed to promote healing, reduce pain, and improve mobility. Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques, including exercise therapy, manual therapy, and electrotherapy which were proven to be effective to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Physiotherapy aims to restore function and mobility to the affected area, and to prevent further injury or disability. Some common conditions treated with physiotherapy include sports injuries, arthritis, and chronic pain.
Who Should Get Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy can be performed both before and after having any abnormalities as it is the care and restoration of the body’s work systems such as muscles, bones, blood circulation to work efficiently. Physiotherapy is used to treat people with health problems related to back pain, neck pain, injuries or other illnesses that require treatment as follows:
- Rehabilitation after injury
- Those who have symptoms of office syndrome
- People who are unable to move their joints to the full range of motion, such as stiffness of shoulder joints or knee joints, triggered fingers
- People who are injured from activities such as exercising, playing sports
- People who start having body aches such as neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, back pain, hip pain, knee pain, leg pain, ankle pain
If you would like to make an appointment to consult with a doctor or physical therapist, you can come and get advice at PrimoCare Medical Clinic. We are ready to take care of your health and your mind to be completely healthy, promoting, preventing and maintaining physical health by using exercise management to the use of specialized tools. You can inquire or make an appointment in advance here.
- Chiropractic Vs. Physical Therapy: The Lowdown
- Mayo Clinic. (2019). Chiropractic adjustment