WHAT IS PHYSICAL THERAPY?
Dr. Nathan Fisher has been a Naperville and Bolingbrook chiropractor serving his Illinois community for several years. Throughout his career, he’s learned that one of the most important elements to effective chiropractic care services is allowing the patient to take a more active role in their injury recovery. Physical therapy, rehabilitation, and exercises are some of the best ways to do this. We invite you to Achieve Health and Wellness if you’d like to learn more.
Physical therapy involves the use of manual techniques performed on the patient as well as specific exercises and stretches performed by the patient, with the ultimate goal of diagnosing, treating, alleviating, and preventing injury and illness.
Is There a Difference Between Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy?
Chiropractic care and physical therapy both approach disease and injury treatment from a more holistic standpoint. They are very similar and actually utilize many of the same types of techniques and services, including massage and soft tissue mobilization, corrective exercises, lifestyle counseling, and even certain types of joint mobilizations.
One main difference between the two disciplines is that chiropractic care tends to take a more focused look at spinal health and function, insofar as this drastically influences the overall function of your central nervous system and pain experience. Generally speaking, chiropractors are also trained more thoroughly in adjustment and joint mobilization techniques, although physical therapists can perform some similar techniques, as well.
The great news is that combining chiropractic care and physical therapy can enhance the beneficial effects of both fields of rehabilitative care!
How Our Bolingbrook Chiropractor Uses Physical Rehabilitation Services
Dr. Fisher employs a variety of techniques also seen in the physical therapy field, including:
- Massage therapy, including active release technique and myofascial/trigger point release therapy: Soft tissue mobilization helps break up painful adhesions and scar tissue, increase circulation, and ease pain and tension.
- Corrective exercises and stretches: We teach you specific movements you can do that will restore balance to your spinal system, reduce inflammation and swelling, maximize mobility, improve balance and coordination, and improve endurance and strength.
- Postural assessment and training: Learn how to move in a more efficient way in order to increase energy, reduce pain, and maximize focus and productivity