What's the difference between and osteopath and a chiropractor?
This is another one of the most common question I get asked as an osteopath working in North Finchley, London. Almost every patient coming in to the clinic asks this at some point during their treatments.
There is no clear cut answer to this question as there is a huge overlap between therapies, so this can only be answered in general terms.
Physiotherapists tend to work within the NHS, quite often under the direction of a surgeon or doctor. Physiotherapists tend to be more exercise prescriptive in their approach with the aim of strengthening a particular body part or retraining function.
Physio's will often use equipment such as TENS (Trans Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation) or Ultrasound to help with injuries, but are often less hands on with patients.
Osteopaths are usually in private practice, with only a handful working in the NHS and will normally be working alone. Osteopaths are predominantly hands on and don't use much equipment at all in their treatments, relying on techniques such as massage, joint mobilisations and joint manipulations.
Ultimately, you need to find a practitioner who you get on with and who treats you in a way that suits your body. If you don't feel comfortable with the practitioner or the way the treatment feels then you won't respond as quickly.
If you have any questions stick them in the comments section below or please don't hesitate to give us a call at the clinic on 0203 356 7060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.