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Chiropractic Care vs. Physical Therapy: What’s the Difference?

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Have you experienced an injury of some sort?  Do you have musculoskeletal pain and don’t know who to turn to?  Some medical experts may refer you to a physical therapist while others may suggest chiropractic care.  But what is the difference and which one is the right choice for you?  While there are some similarities between these two different methods for treating injuries, there are also noticeable and important differences.  Each option has a purpose, and we must look closely at each to determine which option offers the most benefit for your particular situation.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors are specialized doctors who focus on the central nervous system and musculoskeletal system to not only address injuries and pain, but also to improve the overall health and function of the body.  Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor is trained in the hands-on Thompson technique that works to improve the overall health of the central nervous system to, in turn, increase the health of the entire body.  When you consult a chiropractor for injury, chronic pain, joint or muscle problems, headaches, or any other health concern,  he will first perform an initial assessment of the spine to look for misalignments, or vertebrae that are twisted, turned, or out of place.  These spinal misalignments can lead to nerve interference that is often the root cause of injury or pain.  Once spinal misalignments are removed, regular chiropractic care ensures that the body’s systems can work together more effectively to promote optimal levels of health and wellness.  Not only can chiropractic care relieve pain, tightness, or tension, but it can also improve day to day functions as well as overall quality of life.  When you are receiving consistent and regular chiropractic care from a Charlotte chiropractor, you are sure to notice a difference in how you recover from injuries and illnesses, but you will also feel your best and experience a number of unexpected yet pleasant benefits.  Because the spine is an essential part of the body, it is crucial that only those with doctorates in chiropractic care perform adjustments of the spine or any other part of the body.  Because chiropractors are specifically trained in the central nervous system and spinal health, it is important that this specific area remains the primary focus of their practice.

Physical Therapy

In contrast to chiropractic care, physical therapy focus primarily on injuries to restore motion and mobility.  Often times, physical therapy is only used for a short time to recover from an injury.    Physical therapists will work with you during your recovery and rehabilitation to strengthen muscles and restore range of motion for recovery and prevention from future injuries.  The focus of physical therapy is usually on one specific muscle group or area that has been injured or affected by surgery.  Once function is restored, there is no longer a need to continue with physical therapy.  Just as chiropractors focus on their area of expertise, physical therapists should also only focus on muscles groups and strengthening injured areas during the recovery period. Physical therapists that aren’t doctors of chiropractic should not risk manipulating the spine in any way because they have not received the proper education.  Visiting a physical therapist that also works on the spine could be detrimental to your overall health and recovery.

The Benefits of Both

So, to consider the initial question, which specialty is best for your situation?  If you are just focused on recovery, physical therapy may be the right option for you.  If you want to address the root cause of your issue to eliminate pain after an injury, promote complete healing, as well as increase the health and function of your body, chiropractic care with Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic may be the answer you have been looking for. In fact, chiropractic care is so effective that sports teams have implemented regular chiropractic regimens into their daily routines for injury prevention and healing.

If you are recovering from an injury, Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Lisetor can provide long lasting relief.  Contact Greater Life Chiropractic today for more information about what chiropractic care can do for you.




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