WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHIROPRACTORS, MASSAGE THERAPISTS AND PHYSIOTHERAPISTS?
Chiropractors work closely with physiotherapists and massage therapists to treat many of the same problems. Chiropractors have more training to properly diagnose and recommend treatment plans. Often a patient may be referred to a massage therapist or physiotherapist depending on the nature of the problem. Dr. Ali utilizes joint manipulation and soft tissue therapy that is unique while a physiotherapist may use electrical modalities and exercise rehab and a massage therapist will focus on myofascial release. It is important to have a proper diagnosis to ensure that a problem receives the appropriate treatment. For example, if a 50 year old man comes in with back pain, it could be caused by muscles and joints, or it could be prostate cancer, an abdominal aneurysm, or a spinal infection. A 45 year old female with sharp headaches on one temple could be having a migraine or could be getting temporal arteritis which could lead to blindness if not treated quickly with medications. It is a chi