How Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Together Create 30% Better Outcomes In Significantly Shorter Periods of Time
A Synergy Is Created
When appropriate, both chiropractic and physical therapy are utilized together at Wagner Chiropractic. We find that combining both specialties creates a synergetic effect because we are able to create a more integrated and inclusive treatment plan which tends to speed the healing process.
This two-pronged approach leads to drastically increased patient outcomes and a better overall plan for treatment. Instead of a typical 18-week program of treatment, we are able to reduce the plan of treatment to six weeks on average all while realizing a 30% better outcome in our patients recovery.
We devise chiropractic–physical therapy treatment plans most often for chronic neck or back pain and also for auto accident patients.
When we combine the two therapies, the patient is involved in both active care with physical therapy and passive care through chiropractic.
While a chiropractor specializes in the neurological system and spinal alignment, the physical therapist targets the muscular strengthening required to maintain spinal alignment.
Both chiropractic and physical therapy essentially have the same end goal of alleviating tension and nerve compression and restoring mobility without drugs or surgery; the differences between the two somewhat overlap but ultimately each have a distinct modus operandi:
- Chiropractic involves the manipulation of the spine and surrounding muscles. It can provide permanent relief from pain resulting from auto accident injuries. It offers an effective drug-free solution to musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders and pain.
- The trained physical therapist designs a program of exercises, assists the patient in certain movements and provides various massage techniques that relieve pain and restore strength and mobility. Physical therapy is very beneficial when combined with chiropractic after auto accident injuries such as whiplash, breaks, fractures, shoulder dislocation and spinal cord injuries. It helps to alleviate pain while promoting speedier recovery.
The Differences Between The Two Therapies Is What Causes Them to Blend So Perfectly
The chiropractor moves the slipped disc or pinched nerve back into its correct position with force and speed to release tension.
It is common that even after one chiropractic session the patient experiences a reduction of pain and tension and is already noticing increased mobility. This release of tension is so important because it can ease compression of blood vessels resulting in improved circulation of nutrient-rich blood to the affected area.
Physical therapy added to chiropractic for treating a back injury, for example, can also involve various techniques such as heat therapy, ultrasound, massage, mobilization and exercise. The physical therapist will help you strengthen and stretch the muscles and connective tissues surrounding the injured area in order to improve posture and support, flexibility and range of motion. Reduced pain and tension are the result.
While the effects of a chiropractic adjustment are often quick, physical therapy focuses on longer term and incremental recovery and on the maintenance of the results achieved. Two weeks, however, is an average period of time in which it takes to notice an improvement achieved by physical therapy.