What is the difference between an osteopath, chiropractor and physiotherapist?
These three therapies are quite similar, but there can be some overlap between the disciplines. One common goal is to reduce a patient’s pain, this is achieved by improving the patients structure and function. Each therapy has its own philosophies and treatment approaches so that these common aims are achieved.
Chiropractors are in many ways very similar to Osteopaths, their philosophy is that everything needs a good nerve supply where as osteopathy suggests that all body function is in harmony with a good blood supply! However Chiropractors do seem to manipulate the spine more whereas Osteopaths do seem to use a greater range of techniques, not only manipulation. Such techniques involving stretching, massage, articulation (mobilisation). Most Chiropractors work on 15-20 minute consultations whereas osteopaths generally work on 30-40 minute appointments, this normally results in less frequent treatments.
As a general rule Physiotherapist are less hands on compared to Osteopaths and Chiropractors. Treatment is based on using more machines such as ultrasound, laser therapy and interferential. They do allocate exercises to do at home as do Osteopaths and Chiropractors.
Osteopathy is a holistic approach treating the whole body, the underlying cause and not just the symptoms. At Scott Osteopathic & Health Clinic we treat people as we would like to be treated ourselves.