Chiropractic care and physical therapy aim to bring relief to back pain and other bodily pain, but they are different in their approach. Mentioned below are some of the differences between physical therapy and chiropractic care.

  • In chiropractic treatment, a trained practitioner manipulates the spine and surrounding tissues and muscles, whereas in physical therapy, the therapist designs a program of routine exercise and movement techniques.

  • Usually in chiropractic treatment, manipulation of slipped discs and other body parts is done by applying force with palm, thumb, and fingers. In physical therapy, the use of physical pressure or massaging on the body may be limited or not necessary.

  • Chiropractic care practically targets issues related to the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. The purpose of a chiropractor is to restore function and stability to the spine by relieving pain. In physical therapy, although the focus is on strengthening and stretching the muscles and connective tissues, a holistic approach is taken to cure pain.

  • Recovery due to physical therapy is a slow and gradual process and the results can be obtained only through consistent endeavor. In chiropractic care, cure or recovery is quick and can be felt pretty fast.

  • The types of treatment used in chiropractic care are chiropractic adjustment, electrical stimulation and acupuncture, whereas the types of treatment used in physical therapy is heat therapy, ultrasound, massage, mobilization and exercise.

Contact Pain Management Specialists at IMC

At Integrated Medical Care, your ailment will be treated by our highly qualified team of professionals. If you are confused between physical therapy and chiropractic care, then pick up the phone and call us. Our specialists will help you to decide the best treatment for your ailment. Call 845-535-9884 or fax 845-358-4418. You can also email or leave a message in the contact us page.

Our office is located at 188 S. Main St., New City, NY – 10956. Our services in Rockland County also include Spring Valley and Nanuet.

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