What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Chiropractor?

Both chiropractic and physiotherapy can be used to address conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, headaches (certain types), tennis elbow, knee pain, hip pain, ankle injuries and many more. Patients in Farnham, Surrey and Hampshire use both chiropractors and physiotherapists but, regardless of title, it is important to find the individual practitioner that suits you.

The Physiotherapist or “Physio” practises Physiotherapy.

This is the name give to range of diagnostic tests and techniques used to address injuries, conditions and diseases mainly through soft tissue work, exercise and rehabilitation. They commonly use modalities like mobilisation, massage, trigger points, exercise, interferential, ultrasound and laser.

Physiotherapists sometimes use manipulation of the spine but almost certainly less so then a chiropractor. Physios tend to concentrate more on improving blood flow to areas.

Which treatment option is best for you?

In general therefore, the physiotherapist will be aiming to improve blood flow and the chiropractor to improve nerve flow and blood flow. A physio would concentrate on soft tissue work, exercise and rehabilitation (rehab). A chiropractor on manipulation, massage and rehab.

However it is very much down to the individual.

Why choose a Chiropractor?

In general chiropractors tend to concentrate on the spine and nerve supply. The spine is made up of 24 bony segments called vertebrae. These protect the spinal cord and individual nerves branch out from between the segments to supply the rest of the body. These vertebrae can become misaligned or restricted and this can interfere with the nerve supply and cause pain and weakness in various parts of the body. Problems such as low back, neck or joint pain and injury can then occur.

Your McTimoney Chiropractor is trained to correct misalignments using quick, gentle and accurate adjustments which ensure you experience maximum comfort. Although the primary approach of chiropractors is manipulation of the spine, McTimoney is very much a whole-body approach. I myself also incorporate many soft tissue techniques to release muscle tension and pain and to encourage blood flow and healing. This can work well along-side the manipulation which helps to remove the interference to the nerve supply.