Should I see a Chiropractor, Physiotherapist or Osteopath?11/05/21
What is the difference between chiropractor osteopath and physiotherapist?
The main difference between a physiotherapist, a chiropractor and an osteopath is in the philosophy of each profession. However, there are also fundamental differences in the approach treating individual patients.
The similarities between the professions which include;
- They all treat musculoskeletal pain conditions
- They all have protected titles, meaning that a therapist cannot call themselves a Chiropractor, an Osteopath or a Physiotherapist, unless they have completed the relevant accredited university based course.
Definition of a Chiropractor (General Chiropractic Council (GCC) “Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine.”
Definition of a Physiotherapist (Chartered Society of physiotherapists (CSP) “Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by injury, illness or by developmental or other disability.”
Definition of an Osteopath (General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)“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 wellbeing of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligament sand connective tissues functioning smoothly together.”
Did you know?
Your GP can refer you to chiropractors because they are regulated by the General Chiropractic Council in the same way as medical doctors are regulated by the General Medical Council. Sadly, you will still need to pay for your treatment as chiropractic care is not provided within the NHS in this area of the country. If you disagree with this, let your GP know!