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Should I see a Chiropractor or a Physiotherapist? 

Nov 8, 2022 | Chiropractic Care

I get asked this question A LOT! And unfortunately, the answer is – it depends. 

It depends on a range of different things, such as your condition, how your body responds to certain techniques, what you want, and your ideal health goals. 

The truth is we need to consider many things before choosing any health care practitioner, whether it’s your local GP, an Osteopath, a Physiotherapist, or a Chiropractor

It is up to you to decide what’s best for you, so I’ve written this blog to help you make up your own mind about which health care practitioner is better suited to you. 

Firstly, I will go through some common reasons people see a chiro or a physio and then I’ll provide some clarity on what we both do. 

Common reasons people seek out a chiro or a physio are:

  • Neck pain 
  • Back pain 
  • Sciatica 
  • Headaches/ Migraines
  • Sprains/strains 
  • Sporting injuries 
  • Workplace injuries 
  • Overuse injuries 

Now let’s do a simple break down of what chiros and physios actually do. 


Physiotherapists tend to work more muscles. Most physios tend to focus more on rehabilitation and will prescribe exercises to help get you stronger and moving better. Physios can also use a range of different techniques to help you with your problem, these include things like massage, dry needling, and cupping. 


Chiropractors put a strong emphasis on your nervous system (brain and body) by focusing on your spinal health and overall structure. We want to make sure your spine is moving and functioning as it should, so that we can reduce the stress on your nervous system, therefore improving things like pain/discomfort, and overall health and wellbeing. 

The reason your nervous system needs to function optimally is because we know that the brain controls all functions of the body, everything from breathing, eating, sleeping, moving and much more. It does this by sending messages down the spine and out to the body, this constant communication is vital, and is what keeps us alive and thriving. 

Chiropractors can use a range of different techniques to help restore movement and function back to the spine, these include hands on techniques such as manual adjustments (where you may hear clicks and pop), and low force adjustments.  

Chiropractor in Coburg North

So, who should I see?

As primary health care practitioners we all want the same outcome for our patients which is firstly to assist with the issue, prevent reoccurrence, and to help your body function at its absolute best. We can both help you achieve these things; we just use different techniques and have different focus points. 

I don’t believe in the “one size fits all” model especially when it comes to healthcare. As human beings we are all so different, therefore what works well for somebody, may not work well for somebody else.
I have found through my experience as a chiropractor in Coburg North that you may need different healthcare practitioners for different reasons, at different stages of your life. I’ve also found that a combination of both physio and chiro is often quite beneficial for the patient.