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Do You Need a Chiropractor or Physical Therapist?

By Genevieve Cunningham

When it comes to finding the right care for your body and health, it can be tricky to choose the right thing. Depending on your condition and your goals, the care that you need may greatly vary. Do you need a general practitioner or a specialist? Should you get a massage or is it a real injury? For many people, there's a real struggle in understanding when it's time to see the chiropractor versus a physical therapist. You have pain and you need relief  and both of these professionals can help you. Which do you choose? If you're stuck in a conundrum, take a look at the difference in these two healthcare professionals so that you know which one you need and when. 

The Role of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases. They treat the body using a natural procedure -- their hands! Why do people get treatment? It might be for an array of ailments. Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are among the most common. Other ailments that chiropractic care might treat include insomnia, low energy, stiff joints and muscles, and others. Chiropractors serve to treat ailments as well as promote long-term health and wellness in the future.

The Role of Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are skilled in human movement, and more specifically, in the restoration of normal movement. When a person is injured or is restricted in movement, physical therapists go through various exercises to help restore the movement to that area of their bodies. For some, physical therapy is a long-term process. But for most people, physical therapy has an expiration date, as the goal is to heal your injury. Many people are referred to the physical therapist by another doctor so that their injury and body can be fully healed. 

Can They Work Together?

Because chiropractic care and physical therapy sometimes have similar goals -- to restore movement and improve body function -- it might sound redundant to have them both in your life. But in some cases, it's actually best. While physical therapy is often short term, chiropractic care can be used for a lifetime. And while chiropractic care is sometimes used to treat a specific ailment -- like a backache or crick in the neck -- it can also be used to boost general health. If you have concerns, speak with your healthcare professionals to determine what's right for you.

If you would like to add chiropractic care to your life to boost health, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without any extra hassle. There are times when you need a therapist, and there are times when you need chiropractic care. And there may be times when you need both! Listen to your body, follow your doctor's advice, and get moving toward better health with a trip to The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cumming, Ga.

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