If you were to ask 10 random people what a chiropractor does (and therefore why you would choose to see one) you will most likely get 10 different answers… so if you’re confused, we get it.
Hopefully, if you’ve got this far through our website you have a much better idea of what chiropractic is and whether or not you need one.
However, if you’re like most you’re still left wondering how to know if you need a chiropractor instead of a physiotherapist or a massage therapist…
If you’ve just rolled your ankle or have a specific ‘extremity’ problem (arm or leg) then seeing a good physiotherapist that focuses on hands-on care and exercise rehab is your best bet.
Registered Massage Therapist
Properly applied massage therapy focuses on rebuilding and maintaining healthy muscles.
So if you have a specific muscle problem and are looking to restore normal muscle tissue, then a good registered massage therapist is your best bet.
A good massage therapist will always do a thorough assessment and provide you with specific recommendations for follow-up.
Our role as chiropractors is to address any structural distortions in your spine that are compromising the health of your nerve system and ultimately limiting the health and function of your entire body.
This still leaves one question unanswered: How do you know if you have a muscle problem or spine and nerve problem?
It’s often very difficult for you to be able to answer this question on your own. Even for us it can be difficult to determine what came first, which is why we use sophisticated technology to determine if it’s a spine/nerve problem or simply a muscle problem.
See our discussion of our comprehensive examination under “What can I expect when I get there?” to learn more.
Usually by the end of a consultation – which is always complimentary – the doctor will have a good idea of whether you have an isolated muscle problem or a primary spine and nerve system problem.
Call (403) 271-7224 to book your complimentary consultation now.