Physical Therapy Vs. Chiropractic Care: How to Know Which You Need at What Time

There are some similarities between physical therapy and chiropractic care.

Both disciplines are applied in the treatment and management of stiffness and pain in your body. In addition, both disciplines are practiced by licensed professionals who have been trained for years.

On the other hand, their approaches can be slightly different.

In this article, we will closely examine these two disciplines, what makes them different from each other, their benefits, and how to choose between them if you have stiffness in your joint, pain, or difficulty moving.

Similarities between physical therapy and chiropractic care

Chiropractors and physical therapists usually have similar goals for their patients. But there are differences in the way they work towards achieving these goals.

They may share the following similarities:

  • Both chiropractors and physical therapists treat pain and discomfort using nonsurgical and noninvasive techniques.
  • Both disciplines manage the same conditions using hands-on or manual therapy.
  • Both professionals may treat or co-treat similar ailments.
  • Both physical therapists and chiropractors may focus on wellness plans for their patients beyond what is done during a session.
  • Your chiropractor or physical therapist will evaluate your symptoms by taking your health history, performing physical examinations, and ordering some tests.

Both chiropractors and physical therapists are fully licensed and have undergone years of training and education.

Young woman with orthosis working with physical therapist |gpointstudio Adobe Stock

What are the significant differences between physical therapists and chiropractors?

What about upper cervical chiropractic?

Upper cervical chiropractic care is designed to correct misalignments in the upper neck region of the spine. These misalignments are called subluxations.

An upper cervical chiropractor will focus on adjusting the upper two spinal vertebrae known as C1 and C2 (atlas and axis vertebrae, respectively).

Upper cervical care is gentler than general chiropractic care. This explains why it is the best option for susceptible patients.

In upper cervical care, the chiropractor will adjust the whole spine, thus affecting the entire body. This will allow your central nervous system to communicate correctly with the rest of your body.

Before and After x-rays after a correction was given to a patient. |

An upper cervical chiropractor will use detailed images to locate the exact point on the vertebrae that requires adjustment. Misaligned vertebrae may interfere with the functioning of your brainstem and spinal cord, leading to dysfunctional or ineffective signaling of the nervous system.

Upper cervical is a specialty within the chiropractic field that utilizes a precise instrument adjustment for a gentle, painless correction. The correction is mathematically calculated for each patient, according to the misalignment of your spine.

It is important to note that patients do not have to spend a long time in the chiropractor’s office. Upper cervical care is designed to get patients out of the office and back to their lives as soon as possible.

Which should you choose between physical therapy and upper cervical chiropractic care?

What is the best way to know which therapy is right for you? To be candid, it depends on your condition and your specific needs.

It is essential to consult your healthcare provider when trying to determine the type of therapy you need.

At Foundation Chiropractic, we utilize Upper Cervical Chiropractic care to fix the primary cause of a myriad of secondary conditions (symptoms). You can call our office at 813–578–5889 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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