How is chiropractic different from physiotherapy?

Both physiotherapists and chiropractors deal with musculoskeletal pain.

Physiotherapy is primarily concerned with responding to localised muscular and joint pain through rehabilitative exercises and the use of massage and stretching, which may be combined with other processes, such as ultrasound, hydrotherapy or heat therapy.


Essential to chiropractic is the idea that good health and wellbeing are dependent upon a proper functioning relationship between the nervous system and the spine, and the body’s bones, organs, joints, tissues and muscles. Therefore, for a patient with an injury or illness, chiropractic treatment aims to realign the spine in order for the body’s nervous system to function properly and without irritation. This process, known as chiropractic alignment, consists of gentle, painless, directed force being manually applied to a joint or vertebrae that is suffering from restricted movement, which will enable it to gradually regain normal function.