What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors, physiotherapists and McTimoney practitioners can address conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, headaches (certain types), tennis elbow, knee pain, hip pain, ankle injuries and many more. Patients in Wiltshire, Surrey and Hampshire use such practitioners but, regardless of title, it is important to find the individual practitioner that suits you.

The Physiotherapist or “Physio” practises Physiotherapy.

This is the name give to range of diagnostic tests and techniques used to address injuries, conditions and diseases mainly through soft tissue work, exercise and rehabilitation. They commonly use modalities like mobilisation, massage, trigger points, exercise, interferential, ultrasound and laser.

Physiotherapists sometimes use manipulation of the spine but almost certainly less so then a chiropractor. Physios tend to concentrate more on improving blood flow to areas.

Which treatment option is best for you?

In general therefore, the physiotherapist will be aiming to improve blood flow and prescribe corrective exercise. A physio would concentrate on soft tissue work, exercise and rehabilitation (rehab).

However it is very much down to the individual practitioner.

Why choose The Healthy Back Company?

In general chiropractors tend to concentrate on the spine and nerve supply. The spine is made up of 24 bony segments called vertebrae. These protect the spinal cord and individual nerves branch out from between the segments to supply the rest of the body. These vertebrae can become misaligned or restricted and this can interfere with the nerve supply and cause pain and weakness in various parts of the body. Problems such as low back, neck or joint pain and injury can then occur.

McTimoney practitioner Robert Brock has over 25 years’ experience correcting misalignments using quick, gentle and accurate adjustments which ensure you experience maximum comfort. Although the primary approach of chiropractors is manipulation of the spine, McTimoney is very much a whole-body approach. Robert also incorporates many soft tissue techniques to release muscle tension and pain and to encourage blood flow and healing. This can work well along-side the manipulation which helps to remove the interference to the nerve supply.