What is the Difference between Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists?
The origins of chiropractic are close to osteopathy,as the founder of it was a student of the founder of osteopathy. A large proportion of chiropractos focus largely on the spine, and manipulation of spinal segments to effect the under-lying nerve root.
Treatments usually last 15-30 mins, with set set number of regular sessions.
These are the most common form of manuel therapists due to prevalence within the NHS. They often specialize in acute and chronic joint injuries.
NHS physiotherapists have the diagnosis from an orthopedic surgeon, rheumatologists etc so treatment is often specific to the area involved.
Treatment can involve use on ultrasound and TENS machines, as well as stretches and exercises to do at home away from the treatment couch. Treatments involve a course of usually between 6-8 at regulat intervals.
Osteopathy is a manual therapy that uses both manipulation, soft tissue work and joint mobilisations. It deals with a large range of actue, chronic and systemic disorders of the body.
The osteopath treats the body as a whole, as this is one of our founding principles, This means that yes, we could look at your lower back even if you come in with neck pain, because everything is connected.
The aim is not only treat the symptoms but also the under-lying cause to the problems.
Most osteopaths work in private clinics, and undergo extensive training, meaning they have a wide range of clinical knowledge.
Treatments are between 2 to monthly maintanance treatments, working with the needs of the patient. Treatments last from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Can i bring Someone with me?
Of course you can. Under 16's must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone.
Does it hurt?
You may experience some discomfort after treatment, but this should subside after 24-48 hours. If you experence discomfort during the treatment, fear not, other techniques can be used. The osteopath always asks you if you are ok during treatment.