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Chiropractor vs Physiotherapist: Who Should You See?

Let’s say you’re suffering neck pain, or joint pain, or you have a sore shoulder, and you want relief. Who do you visit, a chiropractor or physiotherapist?

Markham chiropractors and physical therapists treat many of the same muscular or skeletal conditions. But understanding the differences between chiropractic treatments and physical therapy can help you find the type of treatment that’s best suited to your particular medical condition and physical rehabilitation needs.   

The Differences Between Chiropractic Treatment and Physiotherapy 

Both chiropractors and physiotherapists will consult with you to determine your general health and the symptoms you are experiencing before determining the exact treatment you require. After treatment, they both will also recommend any lifestyle changes, including advice on diet and activities, that may help you remain pain-free.

The main difference between chiropractic and physiotherapy is in how the treatment is administered. Generally speaking, physiotherapists use mobilization techniques while chiropractors apply manual therapy. 


Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors commonly treat signs of restricted movement, pain and swelling using their hands to manipulate your spine and joints. Chiropractic therapy techniques involve the gentle manipulation of the affected area to restore normal movement. When you are able to move more freely, your body’s natural healing processes are better able to take over and speed your recovery.

Chiropractic adjustments can be effective for the treatment of back and neck pain, sciatica, and neck related dizziness and tension headaches.



Physiotherapists treat a variety of symptoms with soft tissue and joint manipulation, massage techniques and exercise regimens. The focus of physiotherapy is to restore full joint movement, treat strains and sprains and reduce pain.

Physiotherapy may be your best option for treatment if you’re suffering back and neck pain, sciatica, arthritis, swollen joints, repetitive strain injuries, sports injuries and cartilage, ligament and tendon issues.

If you found this post helpful, check out our recent article “Osteopath vs Chiropractor: Which One Do You Need?


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