Chiropractic Vs Osteopathy
If you want to get bogged down in details about philosophies (and we say don’t bother going there!) there really isn’t enough difference to significantly separate the professions which may come as a surprise to you. Both professions have statutory regulation, both have similar training. There are urban myths about how Osteopaths work more on muscles and manipulate less and Chiropractors manipulate more and do less work with the muscles. In our opinion this is not the case. As for manipulative techniques, there are some differences but we feel they are just different ways of achieving the same result; who is to say which is best? There has never been any research into this.
Look, a great clinician treats you as an individual. After taking into account what he/she has learnt about your general health, the nature of your problem, what has been gleaned from a physical examination etc. etc. You deserve to receive a package of care that is tailored specifically to you. Our advice is don’t get hung up on which profession is right for your problem but go with the individual(s) and practice that inspires you the most.
Chiropractic Vs Physiotherapy
In comparison to a Physiotherapist, as a general rule physiotherapists do not use hands on manipulation to anything like the extent that Chiropractors do. Physiotherapy is often an exercise based treatment programme and to quote a physio I spoke to at a conference a while ago “physiotherapy is something you do, not something that is done to you” – and this probably epitomises the difference.
Chiropractors ‘do things to you’ and get you to do exercises in your own time, rather than go through sets of exercises as the predominant method of treatment in the clinic setting. Having said that of course there are physiotherapists who work very much like Chiropractors and vice versa.
The main thing to remember is if Osteopathy or Physiotherapy has not ‘worked for you’ then please do not assume that Chiropractic is just the same and will produce the same lack of results.