The excruciating neck pain has been a bother for quite some time now. You finally decide to visit a chiropractic clinic for an adjustment to end the pain. After the first session, however, you feel worse. Thoughts like “Does chiropractic care even work?” “Is there something seriously wrong with your body?” “Will the pain ever go?” pop up in your head.
Though physiotherapy and chiropractic care share some similarities, their approaches are quite different. Physiotherapy, for instance, facilitates pain-free movement while a chiropractor provides pain relief and spine alignment.
Doctors of chiropractic, called ‘chiropractors’ are spine, muscle, joint and nervous system, experts. Every chiropractor receives at least six to seven years of post-secondary academic and clinical education. They are trained in how to evaluate, diagnose, recommend and deliver a treatment plan that manages issues within these systems, according to your preferences. A chiropractor’s education also includes courses in radiology, pain management, prescribed exercise and rehabilitation, among others.