Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy involves working with patients to promote independence and prevent injuries and disability. Physiotherapy treatment can include: hands-on therapy, rehabilitation exercises, self-management, and other modalities including electrotherapy, laser, shockwave, or acupuncture.

physiotherapist stretching the low back

Your Initial Appointment

A 45-minute thorough initial assessment will be done to assess your pain and identify the best treatment plan for you. 

Your 1-on-1 physiotherapy treatment will include hands-on therapy, rehabilitation exercises, self-management, and may include other modalities such as:

Electrotherapy

Laser Therapy

Shockwave Therapy

Acupuncture

Chiropractic or Physiotherapy?

“What’s the difference?”

“Who do I see?”

“Should I see a chiropractor? My doctor recommended physiotherapy.”

 

These are questions I hear daily, the answers are always it depends. Nobody likes this answer, but the reality is that you have to find the right fit for you.

If you have been to more than one chiropractor or physiotherapist, I’m sure you can attest to the fact that they did different things, use different tools, and had different approaches. It didn’t matter what their title was. Every physiotherapist is different, and every chiropractor is different - just like everybody’s pain is different. There are so many techniques and tools these days, it’s just a matter of finding what works best for you.

There are some similarities and differences. For example:

  • Both chiropractors and physiotherapists are well educated.

    • Chiropractors must have a minimum of 3 years of undergraduate education before entering a 4-year post-graduate degree to become a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).

    • Physiotherapists must have a 4-year undergraduate degree before doing a 2-year master's program.

    • Education doesn’t end there, both can do additional courses to further their skills in any direction. Common additional courses include: acupuncture, Active Release Techniques®, functional assessments, and the list goes on.

  • Chiropractors have 4 years of training in adjusting/manipulation before becoming licensed. Whereas, physiotherapists are able to take additional courses after their schooling to be trained in adjusting.

  • Both use the same modalities.

    • Modalities can include IFC (interferential current), laser, shockwave, spinal decompression, or anything else a clinic might have

  • Both prescribe stretches and exercises to help in your rehabilitation journey.

  • Chiropractors can give a diagnosis and can order x-rays

  • Both work on the joints and muscles of the body - any part of the body

 

If you aren’t sure what’s right for you or you have any questions, please give us a call