Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?

A: Physiotherapy and chiropractic care are two healthcare practices that aim to improve a person’s physical health and reduce pain. Both professions use manual techniques and exercises to help patients recover from injuries or manage chronic conditions.

The main difference between physiotherapy and chiropractic care is the area of focus. Physiotherapists treat a broad range of physical impairments, disabilities, and pain, including musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions. They use a variety of techniques, including exercise, manual therapy, and electrotherapy, to improve mobility, strength, and function.

Chiropractors here at Hybrid Health not only focus on the spine and other joints in the body but are also able to treat musculoskeletal injuries, sporting injuries, post operative rehabilitation and deal with injuries to extremities. Chiropractic care involves using manual techniques, such as soft tissue work, trigger point therapy, massage, spinal manipulation, mobilization and exercise rehabilitation, to restore proper alignment and function.

In summary, while both physiotherapy and chiropractic care involve manual techniques and exercises to improve physical health, the difference here at Hybrid Health Clinic is that both work hand in hand in order to achieve the best possible outcome for our patients.

Q: What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

A: A chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a technique commonly used by chiropractors to treat musculoskeletal conditions. It involves applying a controlled force to a specific joint in the spine, using the hands or a specialized tool, in order to improve joint mobility and reduce pain.

The chiropractor will typically perform a thorough examination and take a detailed medical history before determining whether a chiropractic adjustment is appropriate for the patient’s condition. During the adjustment, the chiropractor will use their hands or a specialized tool to apply a quick, controlled force to the joint that is not moving properly.

The adjustment is designed to restore normal motion to the joint, which can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve overall function. The adjustment is typically performed while the patient is lying down or sitting up, and may be accompanied by a popping or cracking sound, which is caused by the release of gas from the joint.

Chiropractic adjustments are most commonly used to treat back pain, neck pain, and headaches, but they can also be used to treat a range of other musculoskeletal conditions. The specific technique used will depend on the patient’s condition and the chiropractor’s expertise. The goal of the adjustment is to help the patient achieve better spinal alignment and improved function, leading to decreased pain and improved overall health.

Q: What would treatment at Hybrid Health Clinic involve?

A: A chiropractic treatment usually involves a physical examination, a review of the patient’s medical history, and a discussion of symptoms and concerns. Depending on the patient’s condition, the chiropractor may also perform diagnostic tests, such as x-rays or MRI scans, to help make a diagnosis.

The chiropractor will then develop a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s individual needs. This plan may involve manual manipulation of the spine or other joints, soft tissue massage, stretching exercises, or other non-invasive techniques. The goal of chiropractic treatment is to reduce pain and inflammation, improve joint function, and promote overall wellness.

During a manual manipulation, the chiropractor will use their hands or a specialized instrument to apply controlled, sudden force to a joint. This is often accompanied by a cracking or popping sound, which is caused by the release of gas bubbles in the joint fluid. While this may sound alarming, the manipulation is usually not painful and can provide significant relief for patients with conditions such as back pain, neck pain, or headaches.

Chiropractic treatment plans may also include lifestyle changes, such as exercise, nutrition counseling, or stress management techniques. These changes can help to support the body’s natural healing processes and promote long-term health and wellness.

The specific elements of a physiotherapy treatment will depend on the patient’s individual needs, the nature of their condition, and the physiotherapist’s expertise. However, some common elements of a physiotherapy treatment session may include:

  1. Assessment: At the beginning of the session, the physiotherapist will conduct an assessment to evaluate the patient’s condition and determine the appropriate course of treatment. This may include asking questions about the patient’s medical history, performing physical examinations, and conducting tests to assess the patient’s range of motion, strength, and function.

  2. Treatment plan: Based on the assessment, the physiotherapist will develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses the patient’s specific needs and goals.

  3. Manual therapy: This involves hands-on techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and stretching to improve mobility and reduce pain.

  4. Exercise therapy: Physiotherapists use exercise as a therapeutic tool to help patients improve their strength, flexibility, and endurance. They will design an individualized exercise program based on the patient’s condition and goals.

  5. Education: Physiotherapists educate their patients about their condition, the treatment plan, and strategies to prevent further injury or manage their condition at home.

  6. Monitoring progress: During subsequent sessions, the physiotherapist will monitor the patient’s progress and adjust the treatment plan as necessary.

Overall, the goal of physiotherapy treatment is to help patients reduce pain, improve function, and restore mobility and strength. The specific techniques used will depend on the patient’s condition and goals, but the physiotherapist will work closely with the patient to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their needs.