Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors: What’s the difference?
One of the most frequent questions we get asked is: what’s the difference between Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors? There’s not a single, simple answer but we’ve put together some information to help you.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
We’ve taken this excerpt from the General Osteopathic Council website. You can have a look at their pages to get more in depth information.
Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.
We’ve quoted this directly from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website. They have more information available on their site that you may find useful.
Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.
This is taken from the British Chiropractic Association website. Again, they have more information available on their own pages.
Still not sure who to call?
It’s fair to say that all of the above disciplines can have a positive effect when undertaken by a qualified professional. Our recommendation is to find an individual that takes the time to understand you and the issues you would like help with.
Whoever you decide to approach, check they have legitimate training, are properly insured and are registered with the appropriate professional body. As an example we are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. By law Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practise. The Council regulates the practise of Osteopathy within the UK. They ensure that only people that are suitably trained and qualified can call themselves an Osteopath. They also set and maintain the standards of safety, knowledge and conduct for us to make sure our patients receive the best possible care.
Ensuring that the person you choose to help you is properly qualified and up to date with their knowledge is the most important thing you can look for, regardless of their discipline.
We are always happy to talk to people about how Osteopathy can help them, so please give us a ring to discuss how we might be able to help you.