Chiropractor or physiotherapist


What is the difference between a chiropractor and a physical therapist? The two professions are sometimes confused. It is not always clear what the differences are between the two specialists.
Yet physiotherapy and chiropractic are put together in a very different way. That has to do with the treatment method. Physiotherapy is based on mobilization, while the chiropractor uses manipulation. In addition, the philosophy is fundamentally different. Physiotherapy is (more) based on individual muscles and treatments, while the chiropractor recognizes and embraces the interconnectedness.

Philosophy: interconnectedness

The philosophy of the chiropractor is different from that of the physical therapist. The latter will in a number of cases place more emphasis on individual tissues. The treatment focuses on the tissues, to restore them and make them function properly again.
The chiropractor takes into account that the different tissues are connected to each other. This connection requires a different approach, based on a more integrated treatment. The spine and the nervous system are especially important, because they make the connection between the different parts of the body.
Tip: the chiropractor focuses with the treatment on both the (acute) pain you experience and any damage and health problems that may arise in the long term.

Mobilization or manipulation

The treatment of complaints is also different. A physiotherapist uses mobilization techniques. It involves manipulation or massage, just like electrical therapy or exercise. It is all aimed at getting the body moving again and thus recovering.
The chiropractor uses manipulation techniques. They do this with their hands, aimed at the joints in the spine and limbs. They are signs of limited movement that lead to treatment there. The gentle and specific manipulation helps to restore normal physical activity, so that the complaints disappear (and do not come back).

Chiropractor or physiotherapist

So, are you looking for a chiropractor or a physiotherapist? Keep in mind that there is overlap in the treatments, but they are not the same. In fact, both the philosophy and the way of treatment differ. Keep this in mind if you are looking for a specialist for the complaints you are experiencing.
Tip: are you in doubt between a physiotherapist and a chiropractor? Let us know what is bothering you. We estimate whether we can treat this, or whether you might be better off with physiotherapy.

Questions about the chiropractor or physiotherapist or our chiropractic care in general? Call us on telephone number 070 666 7777, send us an e-mail to or use the online contact form. Then we will contact you shortly.