You Don’t Have to Choose: Physical Therapy vs Chiropractic Care


By Amity Davis

Chiropractic Assistant at Tree of Life Chiropractic



“I don’t want to continue treatment right now. I’m really looking into just doing physical therapy for the time being.” This is a comment we at Tree of Life Chiropractic hear from patients often, and we want to shed some light on how chiropractic and physical therapy can work together to reach your healthcare goals.

Spine _spilit_by_region29686820_M_2Although chiropractic care and physical therapy both aim to return function to the body, they go about it in different ways. Chiropractic care focuses on gaining optimal wellness and function by realigning spinal vertebrae through adjustments. This increases function of the nervous system, which controls all areas of the body. Even though most people think of neck or back pain when they think of seeing a chiropractor, the reality is that improvement in nerve function can have a positive effect on all areas of the body.


Similar to chiropractic, physical therapy addresses a range of issues, such as fibromyalgia, sports injuries, or any condition that causes a decrease in physical ability and day-to-day function.  Physical therapy treatments assist a patient in improving strength, flexibility, coordination and mobility with a series of exercises designed to work out specific areas of the body.

If you are seeing both a chiropractor and a physical therapist, there is no need to choose!  The two services can and should work together to receive whole body benefits. Through chiropractic, you regain nerve function and spinal alignment, while physical therapy will serve to assist you with improved strength and a better range of motion.

Essentially, the two work hand in hand – if your nervous system isn’t functioning at an optimal level, you may not be treating an underlying cause that is preventing you from moving or exercising to your full ability. If your body is not strong enough to “hold” the adjustment because the muscles around the spine are weak, the adjustment may not have its maximum effect on your body.

If you’re a patient at Tree of Life Chiropractic Center, you may know that we have often referred our patients to seek care at ARC Physical Therapy in addition to receiving adjustments in our office. Once you have started care, a typical visit at our office includes an adjustment and some basic physical therapy components. Patients who need more extensive therapy work, such as Fascial Counterstrain, are referred out to ARC to receive the care that Dr. Kelly feels is necessary to them reaching their optimum health.

“I believe that the way that Dr. Kelly practices Chiropractic and the way ARC practices physical therapy compliment each other very well, and leads to exceptional results for our mutual patients,” says Kevin Cronin, owner and therapist at ARC Physical Therapy.

Tree of LifeNow that you know how chiropractic and physical therapy can work together, feel free to reach out to Dr. Kelly at Tree of Life Chiropractic Center if you feel that chiropractic care could be for you. Your first visit is only $47 and includes a review of your case history with the doctor, as well as any necessary nerve and muscle scans and x-rays. Contact Tree of Life Chiropractic at (630) 941-8733 for more information.


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