Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between Osteopathy, Chiropractic  and Physiotherapy?

Chiropractors mainly focus on the alignment of the spine. They believe this relieves pain by preventing pinched nerves or any other compromise of the nervous system. Osteopaths, on the other hand, look more at the whole body and focus on its structure.

Osteopaths tend to treat a broader range of disorders, while most chiropractors focus on muscle and joint pain.

Chiropractors often make use of tests such as x-rays. Some even have x-ray machines in their office. Osteopaths rely more on their own physical examination and generally refer patients out if they feel more diagnostic procedures are required.

Osteopaths usually use a greater variety of techniques to manipulate the body’s healing systems. They may do more muscle and soft tissue work or manipulate other joints in the body. Chiropractors mainly focus on adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine.

As far as appointment length, chiropractic visits tend to be shorter. They focus on getting the patient adjusted and then back out the door. Osteopaths may spend more time talking to their patient since they have a broader approach. This also means that chiropractors may see patients more frequently, while osteopaths spread their treatments out more.

Physiotherapists also treat musculoskeletal issues but tend to rely on a more exercise based approach.

All three professions are government regulated and fully insured.

What conditions can an Osteopath treat?

Osteopathic treatment is appropriate for a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders including: back pain, neck pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, headaches, migraines and arthritic pain.

What should I expect when visiting an Osteopath?

When you visit an osteopath for the first time, a full medical history will be taken and you will be given an examination. You may be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements so that the mobility of your body can be evaluated. Any points of weakness, excessive strain or specific injury will be identified. This musculo-skeletal assessment will be considered alongside lifestyle factors such as work and leisure activities, to enable a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be determined. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, discomfort and allowing relief from your symptoms. There are times when it is wise for you to take medication as well as receiving osteopathic treatment. Osteopaths frequently work in close co-operation with your doctor. The skilled techniques of osteopathy can allow you a speedy return to normal life.

Do you work with any insurance companies?

Yes we work with AVIVA, AXA, BUPA, Simply Health, Standard Life, Vitality and many others.


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