How do you know whether you should seek chiropractic or physiotherapy treatment for your condition?

There are distinct differences to both practices, but what you may not realize is how well they complement each other, which is why Wilson Health Services offers both within our clinic. Chiropractors and physiotherapists take time to understand the physical ailments and complexities of each patient to find out what is causing mobility issues, and how that limits their regularly-scheduled life.


While understood by many to specialize on head, neck, and back pain, chiropractic medicine is a musculoskeletal field that concentrates on the the nervous system and how it relates to pain management and the body’s ability to heal itself. Spinal misalignment can interfere with your nervous system, interrupting regular signals from your whole body to the brain, and causing you pain or suffering in areas of your body that you may not realize are connected to the spine such as headaches, incontinence, or muscle cramps in your leg.

Female patient with chiropractorThe practice is based on natural healing – the body as a healer. The chiropractor uses their hands or other instruments to non-invasively manipulate the problem areas of the spine back into working order so that the body can heal the problem areas that it was unable to care for itself due to the stop signs it received through your spine.

More than head, neck and back injury, chiropractors can help with a great number of problems and disorders including:
•    Headache
•    Whiplash
•    Muscle strains and sprains
•    Pelvic pain and discomfort
•    Joint pain
•    Chronic pain including arthritis
•    Muscle cramps including menstrual
•    Incontinence and bowel concerns
•    Hip pain
•    Nerve pain
•    Injury due to repetitive motion
•    Lethargy/fatigue
•    Vertigo/Dizziness


Physiotherapy specializes on strength and movement of the body and uses non-invasive treatments to determine and heal mobility and lifestyle impairments. While most widely known for rehabilitation, physiotherapy can help to restore strength and movement for any number of reasons including chronic pain, damage sustained from old injuries, repetitive motion causing disomcort, and retaining mobility while living with chronic disease such as diabetes. Treatments include manual therapy and exercise, massage, ultrasound, shockwave, and acupuncture. Your physiotherapist will give you a strategy to keep you mobile and keep your condition from worsening.
Physiotherapists assess range of motion, pain, strength, and stamina when customizing the plan to regain or retain mobility in a patient as according to their individual goals – the goal is for a fulfilling life, not a range of motion that is “good enough”.

You should seek physiotherapy for:
•    Sprains and strains
•    Fractures
•    Muscle pain
•    Joint pain
•    Pelvic pain or discomfort
•    Mobility issues in an part of the body
•    Post injury rehabilitation including from stroke or nerve damage
•    Post disease rehabilitation including heart disease, lung disease, and cancer
•    Palliative care related any chronic condition including diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis
•    Muscle atrophy
•    Incontinence

To book an appointment with our Guelph chiropractic or physiotherapy team call Wilson Health Services at (519) 624-8000.


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Wilson Health Services was founded in June of 2001 by Dr. Jason Wilson.  The office has grown over the years and is now a bustling multidisciplinary office.  Our team includes two Chiropractors, 3 Registered Massage Therapists, a Physiotherapist, a Naturopath, a Chiropodist and a Atheltic Therapist. We offer state of the art therapies like Shockwave, Class 4 Laser, Decompression and Fox laser for Fungal Nail removal.