Elisabeth Jean-Charles
Doctor of Chiropractic

physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor

Three health professionals who treat back and joint pain with their hands

We help you make your choice ...

If you have a disorder of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system (back pain, knee pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica, headaches, etc.) you have the choice of consulting a physiotherapist (on medical prescription, except in emergencies), an osteopath (without medical advice) or a chiropractor (without medical advice). These three professionals will be able to offer you a treatment plan. 

If your doctor prescribes rehabilitation, you will need to consult a physiotherapist to obtain reimbursement from social security.

Which professional is manipulating ("cracking")?

Chiropractors and some osteopaths have been trained in joint and spinal manipulation techniques with high velocity and low amplitude that can produce an audible (or crackling) sound within the joint.

The physiotherapist who has been trained in osteopathic techniques can also manipulate.

Which professional practices massage?

The physiotherapist, osteopath and chiropractor can massage. Some will prefer other techniques to massage. It is best to ask the therapist directly. 

If you're looking for a "wellness", "preventive", "global" approach

The osteopath and chiropractor will be able to meet your expectations.

If you are already under the care of a physiotherapist, is it worthwhile to consult a chiropractor?

Of course we do. In fact, chiropractic offices often see patients who have already had physiotherapy but have not fully recovered. The chiropractor's expertise and care techniques are different from those of the physiotherapist, and can complement each other to help you heal and regain your full potential.

If, for example, you have a herniated disc (with or without disco-radicular impingement), sciatica or cervicobrachial neuralgia, the chiropractor will work specifically on the damaged joint, using manipulations known as chiropractic adjustments and joint mobilizations.

Chiropractic is also a holistic approach: your chiropractor will look at the biomechanics of the whole body, and your well-being in the broadest sense (social, psychological, emotional and spiritual).

What is the difference between osteopathy and chiropractic?

Two manual health professions that are based on two distinct philosophies. In chiropractic, the spine and its relationship with the nervous system is at the heart of care, whereas in osteopathy it is the mobility of the different structures of the body. In osteopathy as in chiropractic it is a question of supporting the body's innate intelligence (its self-healing capacities).

The training of the osteopath is different from that of the chiropractor.

To obtain the chiropractor or Doctor of Chiropractic diploma, your chiropractor will have followed a 6-year training course that meets the international standards of the profession. 

The care techniques taught in osteopathy are different from those taught in chiropractic. 


Kinesitherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, which treatments are reimbursed?

Only physiotherapy care is covered by social security. For osteopathy and chiropractic, your health insurance company can reimburse part or all of the fees paid.

If you want to know more about osteopathy or physiotherapy we invite you to consult these links


Make an appointment!

Your chiropractor is available every day. 

Emergency home visits are provided at weekends.

Elisabeth Jean-Charles

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