If you have been suffering from back pain or lack of motion for more than a week, you can benefit from chiropractic and physical therapy treatments.
Both treat chronic pain related to the spine (back or neck), as well as other joints throughout the body. And both provide treatments that can help relieve pain and avoid surgery.
While you do have a choice between chiropractic and physical therapy, the two treatments actually work well when used together.
To help you understand this better, here is a brief overview of both practices:
• A chiropractor is a specialist who diagnoses and treats injuries and illnesses of the musculoskeletal system that cause problems with body mechanics. Chiropractors are trained in the science of body manipulation. They can adjust joints and bones to put our bodies back into alignment. This can help improve overall day-to-day functions. They can also work with you to develop a holistic treatment plan that may include a healthy eating regimen, medication, and relaxation.
Physical Therapy Treatments
• A physical therapist assists patients with recovery after an illness or injury and helps restore function and mobility. Physical therapists work with a patient to restore normal mobility through exercises that strengthen muscles and allow for the proper range of motion. They may also utilize massage and hydrotherapy depending on the extent of the patient’s injury.
Both practitioners receive extensive education and certifications in their specialties. Neither of them can prescribe medications, and their services are used in conjunction with other medical practices. You should be able to see how the two can work together to help relieve severe back pain.
From a chiropractor, you can expect hands on manipulation of your joints and spine to ensure they are aligned properly, while also determining if the cause is bad habits or previous injury.
From a physical therapist, you can expect to have a custom activity plan created for you so that you are moving properly. Combined with massage techniques, the movement will help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Alternatives to surgery are available. All it takes from you is a phone call to your nearest chiropractic or physical therapy center to receive an assessment and a treatment plan. Then, of course, it is up to you to do the treatments that are recommended.[YouTube Link]