Chiro or Physio?
In understanding the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy, we recommend referring to the definition of each practice. Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a selfregulating, selfhealing organism. The practice of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Physiotherapy, as described by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, “uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.”
Each individual is different and when we conduct our comprehensive evaluation, we can let you know which modality of careis going to be best to suit your health goals and tailor a strategy specific to you.
Do you need a referral from a GP?
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not necessary. In fact, more and more GP’s are referring to Chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC).
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