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To the casual observer, chiropractic and physical therapy may look awfully similar. It’s true that both practices are invaluable when it comes to helping people minimize painful symptoms and improve motor skills. But despite these similarities, the two practices are still quite different from one another.

That being said, these differences allow chiropractic and physical therapy to complement one another. In fact, they fit together quite well. Current patients of one practice might consider adding the other for a more holistic approach to healing and wellness. But before you decide to jump in, let’s take a closer look at how chiropractic and physical therapy work hand in hand to foster an even richer experience for patients.

First, it’s important to establish a baseline understanding of what a chiropractor does, in case you’re unfamiliar with the practice. Chiropractic places the majority of its emphasis on the relationship between the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. In other words, how does the condition of your spine affect the nerves running throughout your body? Subluxation, or the misalignment of vertebrae in the spine, can lead to pain, headaches, indigestion, and other health issues. Chiropractic seeks to locate and address the root of your symptoms through manual spinal adjustments.

For comparison, physical therapy places more emphasis on the musculoskeletal system rather than neurological abnormalities. Therapists help patients push their bodies in a safe and controlled environment. Their goal is strength, balance, and mobility, especially for those who are recovering from an accident or suffer from chronic pain. Common tools and techniques include stretches, exercises, and other training that helps to strengthen muscles.

When you combine the two practices, patients will receive more holistic care than they would at one or the other. On one side, patients will receive swift pain relief and neurological maintenance through non-invasive chiropractic adjustments. On the other side, patients can build strength and increase range of motion thanks to a physical therapist. All the bases are covered. With the help of two complementary therapeutic practices, patients may find that they recover from injuries quicker and have a higher quality of life.

Whether you’re a current physical therapy patient who wants to get started with chiropractic or this is the first time you’re hearing about any of this, we welcome you to join us here at Wirth Chiropractic. Get in touch with one of our two office locations today to schedule your free consultation!