What is the difference between physiotherapy and chiropractic care?

Both physiotherapy and chiropractic care focus on improving joint health issues without the use of surgery, invasive procedures, or drug therapy. They share an appreciation for the body’s innate healing abilities and a belief that finding a natural, body-based solution is the preferred option in most cases.

Chiropractic care is centered on addressing misalignments in your spine. Practitioners understand that when your spine is not properly aligned, undue pressure is placed on your spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Inflammation can follow, which creates a cascade of negative effects.

Physiotherapy, also called physical therapy, takes a somewhat broader view. Physiotherapy looks to relieve joint pain and other symptoms by engaging various parts of your body, including your spine, muscle tissue, and fascia.

How do I know if physiotherapy is right for me?

One of the benefits of working with a practice that offers numerous treatment options is the ability to take advantage of multiple modalities. At Ascent Chiropractic, you have access to a team of highly skilled professionals who are trained in numerous treatment paths.

It isn’t a matter of which treatment is right for you, but an issue of how elements of various treatment paths can combine to create the best possible outcomes. Your journey might include a series of chiropractic adjustments alongside massage therapy and physical therapy sessions.

Your practitioner advises you on the options best suited for your current challenges and treatment goals. You have the full support of your team as you move closer to improved function and reduced pain.

Why choose physiotherapy over drug therapy for pain management?

There are certainly circumstances where medications are a necessary part of your treatment path. In the aftermath of surgery or a traumatic accident, medications can reduce pain to a tolerable level.

That said, there are numerous reasons to avoid drug therapy when other options can effectively relieve pain. To begin, medications take a toll on your body and can place undue strain on your liver, kidneys, and other organs. Drugs also carry a risk of side effects, including a risk of addiction.

Finally, relying on drugs to mask your pain does nothing to address the root cause. Simply numbing your body makes it hard to know when other treatment efforts are yielding improvements. Over time, you lose your ability to understand the messages your body is sending.

If you’re interested in learning more about physiotherapy or any of the other treatments available at Ascent Chiropractic, call today to book a visit.


17651 1st Ave S, Suite 101
Normandy Park, WA 98148

Phone: 206-241-3836
Fax: 206-241-3967


Monday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Achieving Ascent Chiropractic does not happen overnight. However, through regular chiropractic adjustments and lifestyle changes your body can be stronger, more active, and pain-free. Work with us to correct the cause of your body’s dysfunction.

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Des Moines