Jane Delorise asks:
Jane Cannon replies:
This is an often asked question. All are university trained health professionals and all assess and treat musculoskeletal conditions. Manual therapy (hands on) treatment is used by all three professions, however the philosophy behind the treatment approaches differs as do some of the techniques applied. Chiropractic is more closely aligned to osteopathy and firmer manipulative techniques are commonly used.
While some physiotherapists also use manipulative techniques, most tend to use gentler forms of manual therapy, focus on exercise and may use modalities such as ultrasound or dry needling (similar to acupuncture) to assist their treatments. Some chiroparactors and osteopaths also use these modalities.
You don’t need a doctors referral to see a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist if you are attending as a private patient to a private practice. All are able to refer for an x ray if required. Having said that any unusual symptoms are best checked by your GP before attending.Hope this helps.