Chiropractors or Physiotherapists?


Dancing is tough and could be a lot tougher than you think. Six to eight hours a day, six times a week, sore ankles, pulled muscles and sometimes, it’s happening too often, dancers just tend to ignore it--which is a big NO-NO!

When you are suffering from any sort of muscular or skeletal pain, it is difficult to know what kind of treatment is needed. What some of us may not know is that there is an overlap between the two professions as both chiropractors and physiotherapists treat joints and musculoskeletal problems to increase movement and strength, lessen the pain and help you return yours to full function.


The main difference, however,  is that the chiropractor traditionally uses manipulation, where a physiotherapist will more commonly use mobilisation techniques.

For example, your back or joints feel locked, stiff, and sore or maybe haven’t responded to other treatments, then a consultation with a chiropractor would be recommended.

Here’s another way to look at it…

Chiropractors use their hands to adjust the joints of your spine and limbs where signs of restricted movement are found. Gentle, specific manipulation techniques help to restoring normal body movement. The treatment aims to make you move better and more free.

Physiotherapists will treat using a range of massage techniques and electrical therapies and depending on your injury, they may add certain exercises to strengthen and restore your physical ability.

Although usually, a short consultation over the phone or a trip to your GP will first determine whether you are best to see a physiotherapist or chiropractor.


Chiropractors believe that all systems in the body are connected. Because of this they aim to create proper movement and function within all tissues. They believe that this method not only helps with current  pain, but prevents long-term damage and other health problems from arising.

Physiotherapists, on the other hand, are also able to help with body pain as they place more emphasis on working with individual tissues which have been injured, rather than the entire body as an interconnected system.


Always remember that the first priority is to just get yourself examined professionally and your practitioner will advise which treatment is best for your condition – and refer you accordingly. Both disciplines will also give exercises and advice to help manage injuries and medical conditions. And just like our doctors would say, do not self medicate or ignore any pain you feel in your body, pick up that phone and get professional help.