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What’s the difference between an osteopath and chiropractor?

Chiro vcs osteopath vs physio

One of our most frequently asked questions is about the difference between an osteopath and chiropractor and physiotherapist.

If you’re wondering whether to choose a chiropractor, osteopath or a physiotherapist for your back pain, you might be surprised to learn the results can be very different. The difference between an osteopath and chiropractor might seem minimal but, look deeper into the methods they use and you’ll find out who is likely to be more effective in treating your pain.

Firstly, let’s look at a chiropractor vs physiotherapist. Both treat joint pain and musculoskeletal problems but they do so in different ways. Chiropractors will focus on manipulation (realigning joints) as a technique, whereas physiotherapists will use mobilisation through exercise and carry out occasional soft tissue work.

In addition, a chiropractor is neurologically trained (part of the reason for a different approach) and so they can consider the messages being sent around the body by the central nervous system.

Chiropractors always look to get to the root cause of a problem. For example, if you have back pain, why is it there? Is there a weakness or are you compensating for another injury. Whatever the reason turns out to be, the chiropractor’s neurological experience and understanding means they can effectively retrain your brain and body not to send the pain signals once any injury and inflammation has been dealt with.

When it comes to an osteopath vs chiropractor, the differences are more subtle. There is a difference in philosophy but each approach can be as effective as the other. We think our reviews show that chiropractic treatment is among the best available – and we wouldn’t cast aspersions on osteopathy professionals but our neuro-musculoskeletal specialisation stands us in good stead to understand how the central nervous system (which ultimately controls the whole of our body) is reacting to the injury or condition that is giving you pain.

What do our customers say?

We’ve had so many good reviews which make us very proud to do what we do. Here are some that might help you make the right decision when it comes to chiropractor vs physio vs osteopath:

After years of suffering from a lower bad back (and seeing osteopaths) I decided to try my luck with a Chiropractor. Suffice to say I have not returned to the osteopath and chiro is my new way of life!” Becky

I have chronic migraine and chiropractic is the only thing that I have tried that gives me any relief (and I have tried everything!)”  Alice

I went from 8 weeks of excruciating pain to noticing a big difference after the first session and the pain reducing considerably. 5 sessions in and I’m starting to feel like my old self. Best decision I’ve ever made!” N.A

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