I often get asked "What is the difference between a Chiro and a Physio?" and "How are you different to other physios?". Fair questions.
Chriopractors believe that keeping the nervous system functioning by adjusting the spinal bones optimises your health (source: Chiropractors' Association of Australia). Physiotherapists also believe this but...
...Physiotherapists also believe that it is not just the nervous system that needs to be optimal. It is also the muscles, bones, joints, brain and vital organs that need to be optimal as well. That is what we spend our time at university studying - the whole body and how it all works together.
The bottom line is that there are good physios and bad physios, good chiros and bad chiros...the difference is usually what your therapist is looking for and how effective is it at getting you better - and all of that starts with what model you use to assess the patient - you!
There are many models to follow and all have something to offer. However, I currently like the Integrated Systems Model proposed by Diane Lee and Linda-Joy Lee (no relation to each other!). This model considers how your goals, values, story, virtual body and emotions interact with your Articular, Myofascial, Neural and Visceral Systems - then how all of that affects your strategies for function and performance. It is quite a complete system and is well-designed to be able to integrate new research as it updates our knowledge. (source: Discover Physio Website and the 4th Edition of the Pelvic Girdle)
So when you come for an appointment at The Physio Detective or with anyone else trained in the Integrated Systems Model, you will be sure to get a thorough examination. Once we work out what is affecting what, we then work our what to Release, what Alignment of your posture is optimal, what needs to be Controlled and then how to put it all together to Move better.
If you want to learn more or if you have other opinions, please post a comment below. I will be trying to post on different conditions regularly. If you have any particular areas or conditions or questions answered, please post them in the comments below! Thanks!