#FAQF..."Whats the deal with Physio vs Chiro vs Trainer? Don’t you guys all hate each other?”
For some reason, people always think that there is a weird animosity between PTs, Chiros, and Trainers. Perhaps there is for some, but not in my world. A collaborative team amongst all three is IDEAL. I have been lucky enough to work with and learn from incredible people from all three groups. I can honestly say I am in awe of how much knowledge and skill there is to be shared with our clients/patients.
Don't worry, I’m not all just koombaya nonsense. I will be the first one to say I have had horrible experiences with all three too. I have walked out of fitness classes, stopped Chiro’s mid treatment, and maaaannn have I seen some shit Physical Therapy being done. So as with anything there is a good, bad, and ugly. Remember it is ALWAYS ok to leave, stop treatment, or change providers. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Leave. Your body is too precious to mess around.
There is a ton of overlap with these professions which lends itself to blurred lines. People tend to become territorial over “what they do” but we all need to put our #egos aside and recognize when something is not our area of expertise so we can best help our clients/patients. We all use science, math, research and experience to guide our decisions, but our foundational platforms come from different places. As a PT I am the healthcare provider version of a movement specialist. I’ll figure out why your rib popped out of place through extensive movement analysis and help give you the tools so that it doesn’t happen again, but I'm not going to be able to adjust as well as a Chiro. I am going to help you maximize your physiological potential to compete in the NFL combine with neuromuscular re-education, therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, motor control drills, etc. but I am not going to bust your ass in drills the way a Trainer will. It is not that I CAN’T do those things, but I recognize that is not my strength and it IS someone else’s. So I encourage you to utilize the resources at your disposal. Build yourself a winning team. Let me know if you need recommendations!