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May 28th, 2020

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Many people confuse chiropractic medicine and physiotherapy. What are the differences between the two types of treatments?

The two types of treatments are actually distinct. A chiropractor focuses on the structure, alignment, and skeletal function while a physio deals with muscular groups of a human body.

In this blog, we will explore the differences, and examine how these specialists do their work.

Physiotherapist

A physio deals with movement disorders of the human body. Physiotherapists are often focused on muscular tensions.

Medically, physiotherapists usually work with individuals who have sporting injuries, mobility problems, neck pain, back discomfort, and joint problems. A physiotherapist will help you to change your lifestyle, including changes to diet, mental health, as well as exercise.

To practice physiotherapy in Canada, you have to have completed an accredited program and take a national licensing exam.

Chiropractor

Chiropractic medicine deals with both joint and skeletal issues. This commonly involves neck and back pain.

Chiropractors must complete four years of graduate school after a minimum of three years in university and then pass a licensing written and practical exam.

There's a stereotypical image of someone laying down with a chiropractor cracking the back. But the reality is much different.

A chiropractors deal with misalignments of the spine, musculature, tension, and pressure. The sessions with a chiropractor will involve discussing the patient’s needs, followed by the treatment.

If the patient is suffering from back pain, a chiropractor may perform a spinal joint adjustment, and then some therapeutic technique with the muscles.

Differences

The difference between the chiropractor and the physiotherapist is how they treat the problems of the patients and their training and accreditation.

Which one is better for you?

There are some individuals who prefer chiropractors over physiotherapists. Ultimately, it depends on your own individual situation and preferences.

If you have back pain, we recommend for you to see a chiropractor. If you are looking for a long-term solution then you should at least try one or the other for your needs. There is some good peer-reviewed science that supports seeing a chiropractor for relief of lower back pain.

South Point Chiropractic with Dr. Mark Prii is based in Surrey, BC. Dr. Prii emphasizes personalized and compassionate care for all of his patients.

If you have any questions about this article or want to make an appointment with Dr. Prii, please call the office at (604) 535-2289.


April 20th, 2020

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Visiting a chiropractic expert is crucial for your health, but there are a few things you can do to boost your wellness between visits. This is called self-care.

Self-care means investing your time and energy to keep up your health. Self-care requires mindfulness and small changes to improve your health routines, specifically as it relates to your chiropractic needs.

Here are some few tips to consider:

1. Developing a regular chiropractic visitation schedule.

One of the most essential ways you can take care of yourself is by visiting your chiropractic clinic regularly. The treatments vary based on your requirements, and your specialist will recommend treatments that will assist you for maximum benefit.

You have to be disciplined and diligent about keeping appointments, doing home exercises, and following your doctor’s guidelines. If you see your chiropractor regularly, you're more likely to keep up with your home exercises.

Even if you can't see the chiropractor right now because of COVID-19, you can still talk to your chiropractor about ongoing issues. Stay in touch.

2. Get enough sleep.

Human beings spend one-third of their lives sleeping. Sleep is useful for human survival and has obvious evolutionary benefits.

When you are sleeping, the body heals, rests, and restores. Getting sufficient sleep can boost your health significantly. Most people should aim to sleep for at least eight hours. Nothing works right in your body if you don't get enough sleep, and as many as one person in three don't get enough sleep.

3. Be mindful of sleep position

Always know that the posture of your sleeping affects your spinal cord. We recommend sleeping on your back or side but not your stomach.

When you are sleeping on your stomach you apply unnecessary pressure on the spine, hence causing pain.

The people who sleep on their backs should place the pillow under the neck or knees. This eases your body to rest in a natural position. If you sleep on your side makes sure to place your pillows under the neck and between the knees.

Getting enough sleep, sleeping in a healthy position, and coming regularly to the chiropractor are three simple things that can help you between appointments. We care about your body, and we want you to care about it, too, by following some easy self-care suggestions.

South Point Chiropractic with Dr. Mark Prii is based in Surrey, BC. Dr. Prii emphasizes personalized and compassionate care for all of his patients.

If you have any questions about this article or want to make an appointment with Dr. Prii, please call the office at (604) 535-2289.


March 22nd, 2020

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Chiropractic rehabilitation is meant to help with a wide variety of conditioning affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, joints, bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Chiropractic rehabilitation is often used after an injury, such as a torn muscle, damaged joint, or broken bone, but can also be affective for back pain or other common medical issues.

Your body is a complex collection of many systems that are intertwined and working together. Blood vessels, nerves, bones and muscles all work together to carry out their various functions. When nerves become pinched or obstructed by bones, either as a result of injury, poor posture, or regular wear, symptoms such as pain, and loss of function begin to emerge.

Chiropractic rehabilitation looks to correct this, and other problems. Often your discomfort comes from problems with the alignment of your spine. A chiropractic doctor in Surrey will manually adjust your spine to restore proper alignment, making sure nerves are no longer obstructed, and blood is free to flow. 

These adjustments often not only reduce symptoms such as pain and limitations in range of motion and movement, but also help to fix the cause of your initial problem. Chiropractic rehabilitation is very safe when done by a properly trained and certified professional. Treatments are generally pain free, and in some cases cause instant relief.

Chiropractic rehabilitation is a great option for anyone suffering from unknown pain, whether it’s the result of an injury, or just something that you have been dealing with as part of regular life. Make an appointment with South Point Chiro today, to see if treatment will be beneficial to you.


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