If you’re educated on these two professions and what they entail then you might be surprised to hear that they are very often confused with each other. I do understand it though, if you don’t have any experience with either practice they can appear very similar at first glance. Both are health specialists needed by many people to be able to get the most out of everyday life, but people tend to confuse the two or are unaware what both terms actually mean. If you’ve ever been confused about this then keep reading, as today we are going to explain the differences between a chiropractor and chiropodist.

What is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor helps to relieve issues with bones, muscles, and joints using their hands, and it is not considered a conventional medical treatment. Some of the issues a Chiropractor can help people with are: back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain and also pain related to osteoarthritis. I commonly help people with long- or short-term pain in the neck, back, shoulders or who are suffering from unexplained headaches.

Despite not being a conventional medical practice we Chiropractors are still held accountable by strict regulations, as all chiropractors must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council. If you’re wondering what to expect from your first session with a Chiropractor, the first appointment is usually focused on assessing your symptoms and discussing the best treatment for your specific needs.

How do Chiropractors help to relieve pain?

A Chiropractor can help you really get to the root of your pain. Some techniques employed by chiropractors include:

  • Spinal manipulation – using their hands to apply force to the muscles, bones and joints of the spine and neck.
  • Short, sharp thrusting movements.
  • Gradually move your joints into different positions.
  • Pulling or stretching your muscles in different directions.

Treatment should not be painful, although patients can feel some discomfort. During a typical session Chiropractors may:

  • Examine the patient’s neck, joints and back to diagnose various health conditions.
  • Adjust the bones and the spine to keep the patient’s body in proper alignment to promote general wellness.
  • Teach exercises and stretches to the patients to make the treatment effective.
  • Use cold or heat application and other necessary therapies to promote faster healing and correct alignment.

What is a Chiropodist?

A Chiropodist treats problems with the feet and lower limbs. They are highly trained medical practitioners. You need to consult a Chiropractor when you are suffering from sore hips, knees, neck, and back. You need to consult a Chiropodist for problems with your feet. They specialise in treating and diagnosing diseases and disorders of the foot. 

Chiropodists are also sometimes known as podiatrists – same role, just a different name. An established chiropodist should be a member of the College of Podiatry. Some of the problems chiropodists commonly deal with are:

  • Corns and Calluses
  • Fungal Infections
  • Verrucas

How can Chiropodists help with foot problems?

During a typical session a Chiropodists might:

  • Teach the patients various stretches and exercises to heal ankle and foot conditions.
  • Treat common foot problems through proper treatment methods.
  • Conduct different physical exams on the feet of a patient to help in diagnosing the critical cause of foot pain.

What’s the difference?

Let’s have a quick recap just in case anyone was still in any doubt. A Chiropractor can help when you are suffering from sore hips, knees, neck, and back. A Chiropodist can help you with problems with your feet.

If you have any pain in your hips, knees, neck or back, speak to a trusted and experienced Chiropractor today, let’s help you get your smile back.