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Healing Well : Chiropractic Care vs. Physical Therapy


When we are afflicted with musculoskeletal injuries, we are often overwhelmed in terms of where to turn for treatment. There are so many different options that we have to choose from and we are not always sure of the benefit that we will be able to achieve resulting from these types of treatment. How long will I need to undergo the treatment? How long will the benefits last? Is it possible for me to seek multiple different treatment options? Do I need surgery? These are all commonly asked questions when it comes to musculoskeletal injuries, and answering them may seem like a difficult task.

Two common treatment options that are sought out when we are afflicted with musculoskeletal injuries are physical therapy and chiropractic care. While there are surely similarities between these two treatment options in terms of their applications, there is actually an immense difference between the two. In looking into how these two treatment options differ, we can gain insight into how these treatment options can help us respectively and how we can benefit from them.

Physical therapy is often prescribed by a physician following surgery, or when there is a minor injury that is occurring in the patient. Physical therapy is especially useful in the recovery process because there is an emphasis on strengthening not only the musculoskeletal component that is injured, but the components surrounding the injured body part for support and stability. Additionally, physical therapy involves a series of somewhat strenuous exercises to focus on the muscle group, the muscle and bone interaction, the ligaments, and other parts of the body that are injured. There is also massage therapy, ice and heat therapy, and other aspects of physical therapy that are included in a physical therapy treatment course.

On the other hand, chiropractic care focuses on the alignment of the spine and the other major bones in the body that form our overall structure. The spine establishes a certain level of stability throughout the body and if there is a problem with its alignment, then these problems can lead to malformations and misalignment in other parts of the body. There are certain exercises that can be included in a chiropractic care treatment course, but the focus is mainly on alignment and the correct positioning of the muscles and bones.

Physical therapy has been proven to be effective in treating musculoskeletal injuries, but chiropractic care can ultimately change a patient’s life over long periods of time seeking treatment. Physical therapy is often thought of when there is an injury, but chiropractic care has the flexibility to be used in many different scenarios, even when injury is not occurring in the patient.

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