Chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy are two distinct healthcare professions that focus on the musculoskeletal system (muscles and bones), aiming to enhance mobility, function, and overall well-being. While both share common goals, they differ significantly in their approaches, philosophies, and treatment methods. In this article, we will explore the key differences between chiropractic care and physiotherapy to help individuals make informed decisions about their healthcare options.


Chiropractic Treatment:

Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who primarily concentrate on the spine and its relationship with the nervous system. The foundational philosophy of chiropractic care is based on the idea that misalignments in the spine, known as subluxations, can

impact overall health by interfering with the nervous system.

Chiropractic treatment involves manual adjustments, where chiropractors use controlled thrusts to manipulate specific joints and correct spinal misalignments. Beyond spinal adjustments, chiropractors may also employ complementary therapies such as massage, stretching, and exercises to address musculoskeletal issues.

The philosophy of chiropractic care emphasises the body's innate ability to heal itself and the importance of maintaining spinal health for optimal overall well-being.



Physiotherapists, also known as physical therapists, adopt a broader approach, addressing various musculoskeletal, neurological, and respiratory conditions throughout the entire body. Physiotherapy treatments encompass a diverse range of techniques, including exercises, stretches, manual therapy, and modalities like heat, cold, or electrical stimulation. The goal of

physiotherapy is to improve mobility, strength, and function, often through customised exercise programs tailored to individual needs.

Physiotherapists work towards specific functional goals, aiming to enhance overall physical well-being and independence in daily activities.


Key Differences:

  1. Approach
  • Chiropractic care centres on spinal adjustments to restore nervous system function.
  • Physiotherapy utilises a comprehensive approach, addressing various physical issues throughout the body.


  1. Philosophy
  • Chiropractic care embraces a holistic philosophy, emphasising the interconnectedness of spinal health and overall well-being.
  • Physiotherapy focuses on rehabilitation, injury prevention, and systematic physical improvement.


  1. Scope of practice
  • Chiropractors specialise in spinal adjustments and nervous system function.
  • Physiotherapists have a broader scope, addressing a wide range of musculoskeletal and other physical conditions.

Choosing between chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy depends on individual preferences, the nature of the condition, and recommendations from healthcare professionals. While chiropractic care may be suitable for those seeking spinal-focused  treatments, physiotherapy offers a comprehensive address of diverse muscuoskeletal issues.

Upon any chiropractic treatment or physiotherapy ensure that you speak with your practitioner about what you can expect from the treatment including the potential benefits and risks and how many sessions you may require. Additionally, check your Extras cover details to see your available benefits for these services via the Mobile App or Online Member Services