Many people are unsure of the differences between the adjustments given by an osteopath, chiropractor and a physiotherapist. Yes, there are some differences between these three disciplines, as well as many similarities. To confuse matters even more, no two osteopaths are the same. They may vary in their adjustment techniques as well as in their treatment approach.
Historically, osteopaths specialise on the dysfunction of the spine and joints and consider its linkage to the vascular system. Traditionally, adjustments are made to the spine, joints and they treat the soft tissue (muscles, fascia and ligaments).
Historically, chiropractors specialise in the dysfunction of the spine and joints and consider its linkage to the nervous system. Traditionally, adjustments are made to the spine, joints and advice given on optimal health and lifestyle.
Historically, physiotherapists specialise on acute trauma and dysfunction of the spine and joints and its subsequent rehabilitation. Traditionally, adjustments are made to the spine, joints and rehabilitation exercises given to restore normal function.
When an osteopath, chiropractor and a physiotherapist graduate from their respective colleges, they are free to practice any technique they wish and use a variety of approaches ideally tailored to the individual. The most important factor is that all osteopaths, chiropractors, and physiotherapists are recognised by their governing body. All the above professions now have statutory regulation.
The General Osteopathic Council or GOsC was established in 1997 following the Osteopaths Act 1993 to ‘provide for the regulation of the profession of osteopathy as well as protection of patients. It produced the first Statutory Register of Osteopaths in 2000 of which our practitioners are a part of.