Chiropractic medicine and physical therapy are often complementary styles of healing. While a chiropractic neurologist can treat issues related to the spine, physical therapy can help a patient relearn how to use important muscle groups related to the same issue. Fortunately for patients in the Powell and Knoxville area, we offer both complementary styles of treatment at Powell Chiropractic Center.
Physical Therapy vs. Chiropractic Neurology
Chiropractic medicine deals with a holistic approach to healing the body through spinal manipulation and other techniques. Physical therapy deals with body mechanics and strengthening specific muscle groups to help recover from injury or illness. These methods often complement each other and work well together, to help patients overcome chronic pain or recover from an injury. A chiropractor will use spinal adjustments to correct spinal and neurological issues, while physical therapy will then help the patient to re-learn how to move or carry out tasks without reinjuring themselves. Both physical therapy and chiropractic medicine utilize soft tissue massage techniques to relieve muscle and nerve tension along the spine, to help alleviate chronic pain conditions.
Physical Therapy and Mobility Issues
One area where physical therapy can be a tremendous benefit to chiropractic patients is mobility issues. If a person loses their ability to carry out everyday tasks due to a neurological disorder, illness or accident, a chiropractic neurologist can help to realign the spinal problems that result from the patient's condition. Meanwhile, physical therapy can help the patient recover strength, balance and the ability to move about on their own without assistance.
For example, patients who suffer a stroke or traumatic brain injury may lose the memory of how to stand up and walk on their own. Through a combination of chiropractic care and physical therapy, the body can be healed and strengthened to the point where that individual can walk again, either on their own or with the assistance of a mobility walker or cane. Patients with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or other conditions that impact the quality of life severely can benefit from the "one-two punch" of chiropractic care and physical therapy.
There are many additional applications where physical therapy and working with a chiropractic neurologist can work together as well. Patients recovering from a car accident or sports injury, an on-the-job injury, arthritis sufferers, and many others respond very well to a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy. When we work with patients at Powell Chiropractic Center, we design a course of chiropractic care and physical therapy that is tailored to their specific needs, to ensure the fullest recovery in the shortest amount of time possible.
Call Us for Chiropractic Care in East Tennessee
If you need a chiropractor in Knoxville, call our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We can be reached at (865) 938-8700.