December 8th, 2011

Chiropractor, Osteopath, Physiotherapy – who to choose?

It can be a minefield out there when it comes to deciding which treatment is best for you. As patients all we want is the care that’s going to give the best results for both short and long term pain whilst limiting its recurrence to a minimum.  However with so much choice out there how do you know who you should see and why?


These are back and joint specialist who aim to get to the route of a problem e.g. you may have recurring muscle pain as a result of a joint not being correctly aligned. They have a reputation for just treating the back and neck but this is only because it’s the biggest concentration on joints in the body. The treatment they offer is usually termed an “adjustment” which in simplistic terms is a release of pressure in the joint, allowing it to return back to its natural alignment, this may need to be done over a series of adjustments. Chiropractors treat all joints in the body and depending on the clinic also do soft tissue treatments


Probably the most well known type of treatment in the UK. These guys are usually rehabilitation specialists. If you have had an injury they will use soft tissue treatments and/or exercise to assist the recovery of a particular area of the body, such as a torn muscle or damaged ligaments. There are various ways of soft tissue treatment such as the Graston Technique which is an instrument assisted technique for soft tissue mobilisation which enables clinicians to break down scar tissue. Exercises are usually prescribed to strengthen an area around an injury to give greater stability or to strength the area specifically, as it may have become weak due to the injury and lack of movement.


Very similar to a Chiropractor but the way they adjust or bring the joint back into normal alignment is different.


We haven’t covered all the treatments available and this is just a simple overview from a customers experience perspective. Obviously there are many differences between the types of practices of Physiotherapy Chiropractic and Osteopathy, including research, training, treatment types, and treatment terms etc. All treatments have extensive scientific merit and adhere to national governing body standards. We do not suggest one type of treatment is better than the other, but do suggest some problems responds better to different forms of treatments. However as this question seems to be asked more and more we believe a brief overview from a customers experience perspective may help when deciding which route to go down.