What are the differences between a chiropractor and physiotherapist?

When you are experiencing joint and muscular pain it can sometimes be difficult to know the differences between a chiropractor and physiotherapist.

There is a lot of overlap between the two professions. Both chiropractors and physiotherapists treat joints and musculo-skeletal problems to increase movement and strength, decrease pain and help return you to full function. The main difference between the two disciplines is that a chiropractor traditionally uses manipulation, where a physiotherapist will more commonly use mobilisation techniques.

There was also a philosophical difference between a chiropractor and physiotherapist. In the early 20th century chiropractors believed that all problems related to the spine and nerve function. This has now been largely disproven and has led to many clinics like the City of London Chiropractor Clinic treating patients using chiropractic techniques to resolve diagnosed conditions. The success of chiropractic is largely due to the technique and diagnostics skills.

Over recent years the difference between a chiropractor and physiotherapist has reduced further. This further shift has occurred as post graduate courses have run courses to teach skills to either profession. Our advice is to discuss what treatment methods will be used by the professional. At The City of London Chiropractor Clinic we use manipulation, mobilisation, massage, stretching, electrotherapy, trigger point and exercise therapy.