How is chiropractic different from physiotherapy and osteopathy?

  • 21st May 2015

Chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists all treat musculoskeletal complaints but their treatment methods and theories do differ.

Physiotherapists operate mainly in the NHS. They tend to treat musculoskeletal problems with electrical therapies e.g. TENS, Ultrasound and the heat lamp. They also place particular emphasis on remedial exercises.

Chiropractic and osteopathy have much in common. Both professions look at patients holistically and address the musculoskeletal system of patients using manipulation as a primary means of treatment. Chiropractors and osteopaths operate mainly in private practices. Both will advice you on relevant home exercise programmes and lifestyle changes that will aid your recovery.

Chiropractors believe that their treatment helps lesson nerve irritation caused by the misalignment of the spine. Osteopaths believe that their treatment aids blood flow to injured structures. Both professions have statutory regulation and the important factor is that you ensure your practitioner is registered with their professional body accordingly.