Even though this is asked quite frequently, it really isn't an appropriate question. There is nothing wrong with trying to figure out which treatment plan to go with, but instead of trying to simply reject one or the other, we should instead focus on comparing them.
Physical therapy is often qualified as a form of active treatment and chiropractic, passive. But that doesn't mean that one is simply better than the other.
So the question, “Is chiropractic better than physical therapy?” doesn't really have an answer.
A better question might be, "Should I see a Physical Therapist or a Chiropractor for my needs?"
It all depends on the situation and really shouldn’t be reduced to one or the other as you may need both.
As a patient, you need to determine what your goals are and what works best for you.
Motivation, Personal Preference, and Comfort
A successful treatment plan is one that meets your goals, fits your schedule and is conducive to your lifestyle. You choose the process that you find enjoyable.
When deciding on a provider or treatment plan, you should first determine your goals and motivation. You should also make sure to communicate these to your providers.
A personalized treatment plan, a comfortable environment, and one-on-one patient focused care is key to having an enjoyable recovery process.
Historically there is an antagonistic relationship between chiropractic and physical therapy, when in reality, they can be complementary treatment options that have fantastic outcomes when used appropriately.
The best way to decide which option is best for you is to schedule an appointment and have an open discussion with a medical provider.
A plan of care that utilizes both specialties will lead to a quicker, more effective recovery process.
When the modalities of chiropractic are combined with the exercises of physical therapy, patients see an improvement in their functional abilities and in their daily routines.
What exactly is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic provides a conservative, non-invasive approach to common musculoskeletal pain in the neck, mid back, low back, and pelvic region. It is a treatment method performed by a trained professional who has performed a thorough evaluation to provide you with the best outcome.
Chiropractic can be used to treat chronic injuries as well as acute injuries.
Chiropractic care can help people reduce their reliance on pain relievers such as opioids and over the counter medications. Chiropractic may even prevent the need for invasive surgeries.
The goal of chiropractic care is to improve spinal function and physical mobility. Chiropractic can be offered on an as-needed basis and is similar to physical therapy in that it can provide pain relief, improved mobility, and increased function.
What exactly is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy can help a patient better understand how their body works to move safely and efficiently. Physical therapy will promote proper control of basic movement patterns that carry over to any functional task. Physical therapy can help you feel more confident in your body’s abilities to enhance your goals.
As movement experts, physical therapists provide you with both passive and active interventions to promote your physical and physiological well-being. The goal is to get you out of survival mode and into a state of restoration.
A prolonged state of a heightened stress response
that shifts your body into a 'fight or flight' state.
A predominant goal that many physical therapists have is to educate their patients on how to use their muscles to move their body properly.
Physical Therapy can help you improve your overall physical function through education, empowerment, and execution. Recovering from an injury or discussing ways to improve your health is an intimate process that takes a team who is willing to put time into your goals.
The Integrated Approach to Wellness, Recovery & Rehabilitation is a Comprehensive Patient Care Model.
Within an integrated practice, providers and specialists aren’t just treating a specific injury, they are providing guidance and education along the way. They collaborate with one another to focus on the treatments that work best for you individually. They aim to educate their patients on how to manage or recover from their pain while educating how to prevent injuries from arising in the future, ultimately leading patients towards a healthier lifestyle.
In traditional practices, patients will only be seen by one discipline who may refer out to another. But in an integrated clinic, there is the advantage of being able to consult between onsite providers at the same time for the best outcomes. It is the flexibility and communication between the providers and patients that takes the care to the next level.
A patient's plan of care will encompass a comprehensive, holistic approach. Providers will combine their knowledge to collectively contribute to you achieving the best outcomes. Appointments will be offered that fit your busy lifestyle while matching your unique preferences to ensure that you will complete your plan of care, leaving you feeling your best!