So, you injured your back and now you’re torn – do you go see a chiropractor for relief or a physical therapist? And what’s the difference between the two of them, anyway?
Well, to start, according to the Livestrong organization:
Chiropractic treatment involves a trained practitioner manipulating your spine and surrounding muscles, while physical therapy involves a trained practitioner designing a program of exercises and assisting you in certain movements and massage techniques to relieve pain and restore strength and mobility.
A physical therapist provides treatment in case of injury, disease or caused due to aging, to assist and restore mobility and function. Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, which include hospitals and private practices, outpatient clinics and schools, sports and fitness facilities, and work settings.
Both options, however, have the same goal. Chiropractors and physical therapists both want to get you feeling better without using either medication or surgery to achieve a pain-free, fully mobile life.
Also, both chiropractors and physical therapists are highly educated practitioners with accrediting boards and organizations. They need to pass boards and intense examinations to become licensed practitioners.