Many people suffering from musculoskeletal problems engage in a long road to recovery, whether it is from an accidental injury or a chronic condition. The variety of treatments extends from surgery, to medication, to physical therapy and beyond. For those on these paths, the treatment plan can vary widely depending upon the unique needs of each person. If a person is described physical therapy and/or chiropractic, they may want to know what the difference is. While it is true that both treatments can have similar goals, the individual modalities used are quite distinct.

Chiropractic is different in that its goal is to realign any spinal vertebrae that may be out of place, which can relieve pain and pressure on nerves. While the goals are the same as in physical therapy, the focus is shifted more towards correcting subluxations. Chiropractors will usually adjust a patient’s spine using their hands or adjusting devices in addition to using other potential treatments. Some are the same as what is used in physical therapy, including hot/cold therapy and stretching, but can also include electric muscle stimulation and ultrasound.

Both of these treatments are great options for those suffering from musculoskeletal issues. However chiropractic is also used to treat a variety of other conditions such as asthma, depression, and earaches. Because chiropractic focuses more on the nervous system, there is a wider range of conditions to be treated as the nervous systems extends throughout our bodies and can cause many different problems.

Here is a video from Dr. O’Neil that will explain how we work hand and hand!