Chiropractic is a science that aims to recover and maintain health by freeing the nervous system from its anatomical barriers, particularly at the level of the spine. For this, the chiropractor uses numerous examinations physical, palpatory, radiological, etc. in order to detect the health of the patient’s spine and joints. The chiropractor treats neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunctions to allow the body to express its full potential. One of the most common practices among chiropractors is chiropractic adjustment. In addition to this, the chiropractor guides his patient towards a healthier and balanced life thanks to muscle therapies and complementary therapies by offering him all kinds of advice on diet, physical activity, postural and mental hygiene. For muscle sports medicine this is important.
You can go see a chiropractor for back, pelvis, head, neck, tendonitis and bursitis, sciatica, osteoarthritis briefly, everything that has to do with a neuro-musculoskeletal problem. In particular, you can see a chiropractor for preventive care to avoid the risk of injury.
The physiotherapist has an approach centered on dysfunctions affecting the patient’s neurological, musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory system. It particularly deals with functional limitations due to injuries affecting the muscles, joints, bones, as well as the neurological, respiratory and cardiac systems.
In order to allow the body total recovery, the physiotherapist uses manual techniques, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and thermotherapy. He is a specialist in physical rehabilitation in the event of injuries or pathologies in patients.
Osteopathy emphasizes proper functioning on the proper movement of body tissue and the impact of blood circulation and the body’s ability to regulate itself. The osteopath uses several manual therapies to restore maximum mobility to the bones, muscles, nerves and organs. The osteopath relieves many pains and symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, pain due to rheumatism, cramps, digestive problems, heart palpitations but the approach is much focused on visceral and cranial dysfunctions in addition to neuromusculoskeletal.
What really sets them apart?
The chiropractor is the only one of the three professions able to take and interpret x-rays. He lavishes in particular chiropractic adjustments which prove to be the only manipulations acting on the nervous system. The osteopath is distinguished by the attention that the latter pays to the positioning of organs and viscera. And as we told you above, the physiotherapist is the expert in care related to the rehabilitation after any injuries or accidents.
However, only the physiotherapist and the chiropractor have university training. Only the chiropractor has a doctorate and can have the name “Doctor”. There is no age limit for consulting a chiropractor, but the AFC recommends this alternative medicine to children, pregnant women, the elderly and athletes even the Sunday sportsman because these are populations that use their muscles more than others.
How does a chiropractor work?
The chiropractor usually asks the patient to carry out medical examinations beforehand radio, scanner, irm, a blood test which he will analyze while carrying out an assessment of the general state of his health as well as his medical history. The practitioner then proceeds to look for the dysfunction by palpation in order to identify the areas of tension. Once the problem is identified, it proceeds to the manipulation using the appropriate technique:
Vertebral manipulation: carried out in the event of a blockage, by a single sharp blow in order to allow the joint to regain its mobility but also to reduce pain.
Mobilization of the joints: the chiropractor will work the affected muscle or tendon without forcing it, by repetitive movements, in rotation, or by straightening the joint to maintain it in its initial position.