What's the Difference?

What is the difference between an osteopath, physiotherapist and chiropractor?

Well, to be honest not a lot. All three professions require a ` degree-level education (most graduating osteopaths now graduate with a master's degree - M.Ost). Giving them a high level of understanding of the human body and how it works. Before graduating all students will have undertaken clinical work and must prove a level of competence before graduating. All professionals are registered to their own governing body and must complete continued professional development.

Surely, how and what they treat is different? Well, again this is a blurred line. Chiropractors tend to use more manipulations (cracking), whereas an osteopath may use joint articulation and manipulation. A physio may use massage and exercise prescription. But these descriptions are not limited to the therapist. Physios can use manipulations while osteopaths may give exercises and chiropractors can use massage. No matter what techniques they use, all three professions will assess your condition, diagnose the problem, help you understand the cause(s) and then provide you treatment to help reduce pain, improve function and health. All three professionals have been clinically proven to help treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions such as back/neck pain, nerve pain and sporting injuries.

So, there you have it, three different professions of highly educated and experienced therapists, whose aim is to help you improve your health. If you would like to know more about how specifically osteopathy can help you then email

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