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Chiropractors and physiotherapists are often overlapping in the treatments they provide. Insurance benefits is really the big difference as chiropractors fall under chiropractic insurance part and physiotherapists are used under physiotherapy insurance part. Insurance is usually $500 for each practitioner like chiropractic, physiotherapist, massage therapy, naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist, etc. There is the odd insurance that lumps all healthcare practitioners and gives a set amount like $2000, however this is rare.

Another myth is that people are often told by their medical doctors that they need to see a physiotherapist for their problem and thus people tend to narrow their scope to only seeking out physiotherapists. Both chiropractors and physiotherapists have grown in their skills, as before it was thought that chiropractors only adjust joints and physiotherapists only give exercise rehab, but rather they both offer techniques that are overlapping in many cases. Medical doctors are more comfortable referring to physiotherapists since they have worked together for years in hospitals and therefore they default to referring to physiotherapists. What your doctor are really saying when they say go see a physiotherapist is find see a qualified healthcare practitioner that has assessment and rehabilitation skills to determine your condition and the proper treatment.

General medical doctors often don’t have the skills or interest to be experts in diagnosing muscle, ligament, nerve, and joint conditions. Sports medicine doctors, physiotherapists, and chiropractors who work with sports or active people regularly use a variety of soft tissue techniques like Active Release Technique®, instrument assisted soft tissue techniques, acupuncture, shockwave, exercises, etc; which are not exemplary to any one profession. A good practitioner often uses hands-on treatment for diagnosing and treating. Using directional force by one’s hands or with patient active movements and/or specific exercises are very important. Exams and tests should be measured and show value to the patient by steady improvements during visits over the course of treatments eg. bending forward to 30 cms and then improving to 25, 20, 16, and 10 cms on subsequent treatments. Patients should think what is the goals of treatment, purpose of treatment, and plan of treatment.

Overall it is not about just feeling good when you leave your appointment, but showing sustained improvement towards your ultimate goal of maximal health benefit.

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When Therapy Is Not Enough: Alternate Recovery Methods to Help You Stay Sober

Sometimes, we need a helping hand when it comes to making a clean and healthy break from drugs or alcohol. Drug treatment and therapy are proven to make the transition easier, but these methods aren’t always enough. If you find yourself trying to walk the straight and narrow but keep veering toward the curves, keep reading. In the following paragraphs, we’ll share healthy ways to help yourself stay safe while you traverse the rough terrain.

Yoga / Meditation

Sometimes, we need a helping hand when it comes to making a clean and healthy break from drugs or alcohol. Drug treatment and therapy are proven to make the transition easier, but these methods aren’t always enough. If you find yourself trying to walk the straight and narrow but keep veering toward the curves, keep reading. In the following paragraphs, we’ll share healthy ways to help yourself stay safe while you traverse the rough terrain.


Biofeedback is a clinical activity that can help you identify how your brain reacts to certain situations. It can tell you when you’re stressed and under duress, such as when exposed to drugs or alcohol during your recovery. The National Institutes of Health goes into great detail on the topic in this extensive study, but the idea in a nutshell is that learning to understand how you react internally may help you manage external factors related to recovery.


Believe it or not, taking a martial arts class or going for a jog can help you beat drug addiction. For many of the same biochemical reasons as yoga, exercise has a powerful effect on the brain. The Mayo Clinic explains that physical fitness is also a great way to gain confidence, cope with stress, and access social situations, each of which can aid your recovery.


Acupuncture is another ancient and holistic treatment method that can induce a state of overall well-being within the body. Acupuncture treats energy flow dysfunction and can create a calming effect while serving as a supplemental treatment for everything from anxiety to addiction. Some practitioners assert that acupuncture can further treat a vast array of chronic and acute conditions, including panic disorders, depression, and insomnia.

Herbal Medicine

It’s a misconception that you must avoid all types of medicine when you’re in recovery. This isn’t true, especially where herbal medicine is involved. Herbal medicine isn’t medicine in the traditional Western sense, as it relies on the power of nature to encourage positive reactions within the body. Valerian root, for example, can, according to Redstorm Scientific, relieve many of the symptoms related to opiate withdrawal, including nervous restlessness and anxiety. Another promising herbal therapy being studied in New Zealand is ibogaine, a compound derived from certain rainforest shrubs. This treatment is currently unavailable in the United States, but advocates continue to rally for further research, as it has proven an inexpensive and effective recovery aid.

These treatment methods aren’t quick fixes, nor are they effective when used alone. The Treehouse explains, “Holistic treatment options, such as yoga and acupuncture, can’t be used as a singular treatment method. Remember, holistic activities are designed to be a supplemental part of addiction recovery, rather than a complete treatment.” These activities can give you strength, but it’s up to you to use it.

This article is not meant to replace the advice of your current treatment provider. Talk to your doctor or therapist before beginning these or any other treatment method.

Kimberly Hayes enjoys writing about health and wellness and created to help keep the public informed about the latest developments in popular health issues and concerns. In addition to studying to become a crisis intervention counselor, Kimberly is hard at work on her new book, which discusses the ins and outs of alternative addiction treatments.

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Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.

A chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies. Additionally chiropractors are able to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.

For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition. Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions.

Got Back Pain? Try This Before Grabbing Those Painkillers!

Are you suffering from back pain? You’re not alone. Up to 85% of the working population will experience back pain at least once in a lifetime. But what if you’re living with chronic back pain? Where can you turn for help? For too many of us, prescription painkillers like opioids are the first line of defence against chronic pain, but there is a whole world of non-pharma options that may be able to help.

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and the American College of Physicians suggest trying various treatments or therapies that can be offered by chiropractors, like spinal manipulation, exercise, and other non-drug therapies. These alternatives are non-addictive and can even be more effective in reducing your pain and getting you back to your regular life!

Consider chiropractic as your first line of defence against pain. Here are just some of the treatment options chiropractors may provide.


1. It’s time for an adjustment Spinal Manipulation:

Chiropractors deliver precise adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine to help you get moving smoothly and feel less tension.

2. All hands on deck Multidisciplinary Rehab:

Pain can affect us in many ways, and the starting point isn’t always clear. Work with multiple health care providers to address the physical, psychological and social or occupational factors contributing to your pain.

3. Movement is Key Exercise:

Chiropractors can prescribe exercise to help improve function and reduce your pain. Once the initial pain subsides, specific exercise programs may help you avoid future flare-ups!

4. Change your focus Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction:

Reduce your stress by changing how your brain processes pain. Meditation, breathing exercises and body awareness techniques can help you change the way you experience pain.

5. Pinpoint the issue Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique where fine needles are inserted into specific areas of the body to address pain and function. Many chiropractors are trained to offer acupuncture along with a variety of other treatment options.

A Strong Core Stabilizes those weak links and contributes to chronic back pain

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