What’s the difference between TCM, physiotherapy and Chiropractic?

There’s three professions. Whats the difference?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is usually concerned with the  flow of chi through the body. It is believed that any blockage or  accumulation of Qi (chi), (commonly called “wind”) in the body is the culprit to health concerns experienced, whether it be aches and pains, or chronic illnesses, digestive problems and diabetes. Some of the common methods used to alleviate symptoms include acupuncture, herbal remedies, cupping (occasionally removing “bad” blood), massage (tui na type massage, which is generally very painful),  and on occasion bone setting.

Physiotherapy generally focuses on the muscoloshkeletal system in particular, muscles being injured, strained, weakened or not performing. Physiotherapy is commonly sought  post injury, for rehabilitation. In Singapore, physiotherapists particularly focus on stretching and strengthening muscles, and using therapeutic modalities and equipment. Some may do massage, and some may do mobilisation therapy.

Chiropractic is the clinical application of biomechanics and neurology in the human body. Simply put, we look at how the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and fascia work together (biomechanics) and if there is any nerve interference affecting the flow of energy and messages between the brain and the rest of the body (neurology). Chiropractic focuses on finding the root cause of injuries, aches and pains, and correcting them using a variety of chiropractic techniques, mobilization and muscle and soft tissue therapy techniques. Some chiropractors also use therapeutic modalities and equipment. Chiropractors also prescribe home care exercises like stretching and strengthening to help retrain the body for optimal healing. There are some chiropractors in Singapore that can also recommend supplements or dietary advice to help give the multi-faceted approach that makes chiropractic so attractive.

If our body is functioning correctly (see here for more about function), without pinching, or stretching nerves, jamming or grinding joints, overloading and overworking muscles or irritating tendons we don’t have any aches and pains. Chiropractic care removes  these problems found in the body’s physical mechanics, as well as allowing nerves to send and receive messages properly.

So here’s three popular professions. Each different; in approach, diagnosis, and treatment. The trick is finding what works for you. To know more about whether chiropractic is the right choice for you, call Dr Gary now, to schedule a complimentary consultation to answer any questions and concerns you may have. Kindly quote this blog post for this special offer! 

+Dr Gary Tho



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