If you’re considering opening a fitness franchise, Rick Mayo (Alloy Founder and CEO), shares why Alloy personal training complements physical therapy or chiropractic care. We also share why two Chiropractic Physicians, Dr. David Jolson and Dr. RJ Burr, selected the Alloy Personal Training Franchise as an extension of their therapy and treatment programs. 

Wellness is a holistic concept. 

Your quality of life is influenced by many factors, like exercise, nutrition, sleep, and more. Whether you are active or inactive, ‌you can improve the quality of your life by considering an exercise program under the expert direction of a personal trainer who can incorporate all these factors. But what if you have an injury or past injuries you want to avoid coming back? A personal trainer can help with expert advice and actually complement physical therapy or chiropractic treatments.

Everyday life exposes us to injuries or improper movements that cause muscular and skeletal imbalances, so you may need to consider an injury prevention or recovery program. Many active and inactive individuals may then consider physical therapy and chiropractic treatments. If you want to live your best life, you’ve got to weave everything together – combining a nutritious diet with great sleep, good workouts, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and other recovery methods.

This blog tackles the relationship between those last three elements: chiropractic care, physical therapy, and personal training.

We’ll discuss how working out under the direction of a personal trainer complements your recovery efforts and helps you avoid injuries when you’re in physical therapy or chiropractic care. Not only can it help you avoid injuries, but to improve your lifestyle and daily activities. 

Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care 101: What’s the Difference?

Whether you’re rehabbing an old injury or trying to avoid a new one, physical therapy and chiropractic care are two of the most popular methods for healing and getting back on your feet. 

While they are two different wellness approaches, they usually have the same goal: improving mobility, relieving pain and discomfort, and promoting wellness. 

 Benefits of Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Care:

  • Joint Integrity. Both physical therapy and chiropractic care aim to increase joint integrity by increasing mobility where it is needed and stability where it’s lacking. Both approaches seek to make the body function better and to promote ideal mobility/stability.
  • Rebuilding muscles. Strengthening weakened muscles is critical to regaining functionality, whether you’ve been inactive because of an injury or suffering from a neurological problem. Fortunately, PT often includes strength training exercises meant to build muscles. Chiropractic care, meanwhile, corrects musculoskeletal imbalances and helps you stay comfortable once you’re on the mend. 
  • Better balance. Physical therapy helps improve balance by using certain tools and techniques to help people build muscle strength and regain nerve control. Chiropractic care, meanwhile, helps correct skeletal misalignments that could damage balance or impact functionality.
  • More stability. The core training present in many physical therapy exercises develops the core muscles in the abdomen, which contributes to strength throughout the body. Meanwhile, chiropractic care manipulates the joints and bones of the spine to help relieve pain caused by poor posture and ensure stability. Both physical therapy and chiropractic treatments have unique advantages to strengthen muscular and skeletal systems to prevent and recover from injuries. 

How Personal Training Complements Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care

Physical therapy and chiropractic care both help strengthen and protect the body’s systems, but what’s the role of exercise in all of this? Intentional, functional exercise combines with physical therapy treatments and chiropractic care to help you manage pain, prevent injuries, or heal entirely from an old injury. 

Dr. David Jolson and Dr. RJ Burr share what attracted them to Alloy Personal Training with their chiropractic and therapy practices:

Dr. David Jolson - chiropractic physician

  1. “The recurrence rate of previous injuries in musculoskeletal medicine is incredibly high. Our goal in the clinical setting is to decrease pain, improve range of motion, and get them back to what they love as quickly as possible. The next step is improving function and getting strong within their full Range of Motion (ROM). In my opinion, the best way to do this is with a thoughtful personal training program. Every patient is unique and needs to be trained accordingly. Alloy Personal Training will be an extension of our clinic, creating a system where we can take a patient from pain to performance. This is a great system for Chiropractors and PTs who don’t want to create dependency in their treatments but provide an avenue to getting their patient better and stronger.”

Dr. David Jolson, Chiropractic Physician, owns 3 Alloy locations in Greenville SC and Upstate Spine and Sport.

Dr. RJ Burr-chiropractic physician

2. “One of the greatest struggles of a musculoskeletal clinician is teaching patients how to be self-sustainable once they have recovered and been discharged from their care. Because the greatest risk of injury is previous injury, all patients need an individualized self-care strategy to help them maintain their results, which often includes the recommendation of strength training. Personal training is a fantastic vehicle to facilitate the transition from rehab exercise to performance exercise, where they no longer rely on clinician care. The benefit is reinjury risk mitigation and improved daily activity performance, whether it’s lifting a barbell or a laundry basket.”

Dr RJ Burr, DC, Cert. MDT and Founder of Reach Rehab and Chiropractic Performance Center in Plymouth MI

How Personal Training Benefits Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Care

1. Management of Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain

Today, at least 70 million adults in the US live with some chronic pain, and low back pain is the second leading reason Americans visit the doctor. 

Fortunately, there are ways to deal with chronic pain holistically. 

Research has shown that exercise is one of the best ways for people with acute and chronic low back pain to find relief. Proper training helps strengthen the low back, reducing injury and keeping muscles and joints working correctly. 

Meanwhile, physical therapy and chiropractic care enhance the benefits of exercise and help correct back pain that already exists.

2. Prevention of Injury

Exercise focuses on building cardiovascular fitness and developing muscle. 

These benefits work together to help you repair old injuries, avoid new ones, and stay healthy for the long haul. It’s no secret that adequate physical activity helps prevent certain metabolic diseases, including Type II diabetes and heart disease. 

Adding chiropractic care helps maximize the benefits of your exercise regimen and keeps you feeling strong and pain-free for years to come, while using PT to heal from old injuries is a great way to ensure they don’t keep holding you back. 

3. Attention to Form

Form is everything in our daily lives. The way we hold our bodies when we sit, stand, walk, and work out has a massive impact on how we feel and how many aches and pains we experience. Fortunately, exercise can help you improve and maintain your form at every stage of life. 

Here at Alloy, for example, we work with each of our Active Aging clients on how to maintain proper form during exercise to prevent injury and ensure targeted muscle development. The result is a productive exercise that feels good and achieves the desired effect. 

4. Improved Athletic Performance

If you want to perform at your highest level athletically, you need to pay close attention to your body’s systems. Fortunately, intentional fitness is an excellent way to do this. 

No two bodies are the same, and it’s important to treat yours like the individual system it is. Getting chiropractic adjustments, attending physical therapy appointments when you’re injured, and working out with a personal trainer or in a small group fitness class are great ways to maintain or improve your athletic performance and reach your highest potential. 

Why Choose Alloy Personal Training To Complement Your Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Practice

Nobody wants to live in pain or deal with old injuries weighing them down. Here at Alloy Personal Training, our team is dedicated to all our clients’ optimal health and wellness. Whether you’re training toward a fitness goal or just looking to live a comfortable, active life, we’re here to help. 

Check out what Dr. David Jolson and Dr. RJ Burr, Alloy Personal Training owners, had to say about why they chose Alloy to complement their treatment programs:

1. ” We chose Alloy for many reasons – the excellent assessment process and individualized workout programming,  the refined systems and technology that helps support the experience and outcomes of the client, the support and long-term vision from Rick and his team, and the community that will be created through clients working towards their goals together.” 
Dr. David Jolson, Chiropractic Physician at Upstate Spine and Sport and owns 3 Alloy locations in Greenville, SC.


2.Personal training is expensive, and the lack of individual specificity in group classes and big-box gyms is an invitation back to Physical Therapy or a Chiropractic clinic. Alloy offers the ‘Goldie Lox’ zone of quality training a clinician can confidently recommend, and at a price point anyone can afford.”

Dr RJ Burr, DC, Cert. MDT and Founder of Reach Rehab and Chiropractic Performance Center in Plymouth. Michigan.

At Alloy, we believe in taking a holistic approach to wellness, so we tailor our workouts to be body-specific and complement other health and wellness approaches like chiropractic care and physical therapy. 

Learn more about Alloy and our offerings here.

Article by: Rick Mayo 

About Dr. David Jolson
Chiropractic Physician at Upstate Spine and Sport and he owns 3 Alloy locations in Greenville, SC

Dr. David Jolson is focused on the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, quickly relieving pain and teaching his patients how to prevent future issues. Dr. Jolson is the chiropractor for the Greenville Triumph, Furman University Paladins, Hincapie Racing Team, PGA Tour pros like Bill Haas and Ben Martin, and consultant for the Greenville Drive. He was voted as the Best Chiropractor multiple times in the Greenville News Best of the Upstate. Dr. Jolson has a unique background, combining principles from the medical profession, chiropractic, physical therapy, and sports performance.

About Dr. RJ Burr
Chiropractic Physician, Cert. MDT and Founder at Reach Rehab and Chiropractic Performance Center in Plymouth, MI

Dr. RJ Burr is a Chiropractic Physician with an eclectic background in human movement, manual therapy, and rehabilitation. He also is a Certified MDT (McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy). People often say, “you’re different.” “You’re more like a PT than and chiro.” RJ “Empower you to take responsibility for your recovery of function”As the founder of REACH, “I work according to my belief that for you to have a healthy, pain-free lifestyle, you must be responsible for your health by eating well, moving well, and moving often.”

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