Well they don’t necessarily hate each other. That’s a strong word. They’re forced to compete due to the current state of our preventative health market. But they’re always saying the other one is ‘wrong.’ Well who should you listen to and why?
Today I saw a really great post from my friend at Active Performance Chiropractic. I reposted it if you haven’t seen my instagram yet @icbrianb
Here it is just in case you haven’t seen it or don’t follow me: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrnFB9LhO5K/?utm_sourc…
It was originally from the Movement Fix and it says:
Physical Therapists are better than chiropractors at some things.
Chiropractors are better than physical therapists at some things.
Strength/Fitness Coaches are better than both at other things.
Really, all are humans helping other humans, trained in different ways.
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#Repost @active_perform_chiro (@get_repost) 🔥What if you could have all of them communicating with each other to create the healthiest version of you? @idealcollabhealth ・・・ Great great post from @themovementfix! When PTs say they dislike chiropractors, or chiropractors say they dislike PTs, I truly believe it is a demonstration of their ignorance. Our jobs at the end of the day are to help people feel and move better. This does not limit us by job title or credentials. Thank you for the great reminder @themovementfix! #Repost @themovementfix ・・・ The endless debate: who is better at what? . Too much identity is tied up in the choice of formal educational path. Saying ‘PTs are better than such and such a group at xyz’ is pretty absurd (or any other profession vs another profession). I know many chiropractors who are not good at manipulating joints but are great at exercise progression because they’ve trained their whole life in the gym and sports. I know physical therapists who have never lifted a weight in their life but are incredible with their hands. . Every human being has a different background. Some played basketball, some did gymnastics, some tore their ACL, some have had shoulder surgery, some read every day, others watch TV everyday and haven’t learned a new thing since they graduated, some go to every workshop/course they can, others…the glass has been full (in their own minds) for a long time. . To define everyone who went through one particular field of study (which is only ONE part of their life) is incomplete. A course of study certainly affects what you know and are good at, but it’s not the whole story. . We are all humans trying to help other humans achieve their goals. Some licenses allow for certain treatment types. If that treatment type is needed, then obviously a certain profession is better suited and no one should do anything they are not legally allowed to do or insured for. . When I see someone from another profession, I see a person trying to learn to be better. I don’t see credentials. . You could live 100 lifetimes and never reach your full potential. We have limitless abilities if we don’t put caps and definitions on ourselves
It is is a really great statement and contains an even better explanation if you read it on instagram.
Why is it that health professionals such as Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Strength and Fitness Coaches, Nutritionists, Massage Therapists etc are always competing with each other?
They all want to demonstrate value to their client. They all want to show results. It is difficult when there is crossover between methodologies. More often than not, all of these health professionals agree on their initial assessment. Where they tend to disagree is the treatment mode.
It is definitely true that “Strength Is Never a Weakness” (thanks Mark Bell), but isn’t it also true that certain types of strength training could lead to overuse and dysfunction? Of course. Isn’t it also true that after a certain number of weeks, a corrective exercise program will have marginal benefit? And a proper strength training program should take over? Of course. What about body manipulation? Should it be up to your Strength Coach to help you with Active Release, general massage, adjustments, etc?
I say that every professional should have a specific say in their field of expertise. Physical Therapists can help with dry needling, some manipulation, and corrective exercise. Chiropractors have specialties even within the broad field of Chiropractic…they should also stick to their specialty. Same with Strength and Fitness Coaches. Same with Nutritionists…the list goes on. If everyone stays in their lane, the client gets the best possible result.
What if your health professionals all worked together in the same office to communicate about YOU?
Well…that place is called the Ideal Collaborative. It’s more than just a gym. It’s a total health solution and it all starts with a 15 minute intro.