Chiropractic Care or Physical Therapy: Which is Better for You?

US Army When it comes to treating back pain, there are many natural treatments to try. Among the most popular therapies are chiropractic care and physical therapy. However, which one is better for you?

To better know which treatment option is better for you and your pain situation, we put together a little summary for you. Remember, pain is an individual thing, and what works for one person may not work for you.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy generally focuses on the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems of the body. By focusing on these systems, therapists can fix any dysfunctions or imbalances you may have in your muscles or bones. Progressive functionality by using different techniques that you can use at home is the main focus of most physical therapists. Generally visits will last about an hour and will go on for about two months or longer depending on the amount of therapy you need for your particular injury.

Physical therapist treats a wide array of conditions. The therapists usually personalize the treatment for each patient. Therapists will educate the patient on techniques and exercises that will help prevent reoccurrence of pain caused by the affliction. When treatment ends the patient can continue the exercises for continued relief.

One thing to watch out for when it comes to physical therapy is that many more physical therapists are offering chiropractic adjustments. If they are not licensed or trained to do adjustments, then it can be risky. When it comes to an manipulations, it is best to trust an experienced and licensed chiropractor instead.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care focuses on the nervous system and the overall health of the patient. Treatments will include adjustments to skeletal and muscular systems that in turn help nerves function properly. Decreasing pain is the goal that most chiropractors have for their patients. The patients then return for routine maintenance to keep the body healthy and functional. The visits will usually last for 10 to 20 minutes and continue for however long the patient decides. Chiropractic care is a good treatment for those in pain and those who just want to prevent future problems and stay healthy.

Chiropractors usually focus on the spine but can treat other parts of the body as well. Spinal misalignments are believed to be the cause of many different conditions, such as headaches, joint pain, sciatica pain, and ear infections.

To sum it up, both treatments are good choices, especially in comparison to spinal surgery and prescription medications. However, chiropractic care can be quicker and the better choice for those in pain and those not in pain, whereas physical therapy tends to be more time consuming and is usually only for those injured or with a condition. When it comes to which one is better, that is up to you and your condition. You may have to try both before you find the perfect treatment for your situation.

Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.

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