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Should I see a
chiropractor,
physiotherapist
or osteopath?

We are often asked what the difference is between chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths.

 In Australia, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths have substantial university training and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths are all trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Therefore, there is a degree of overlap in the types of conditions treated by each of these professions.

what is chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is “hands on” treatment to reduce pain and stiffness and increase mobility and flexibility. 

Our chiropractors can offer the following treatments:

– Manipulation and mobilisation of the joints

– Soft tissue techniques, including dry needling, stretching, muscle release

– Exercise prescription

– Nutritional and lifestyle advice and recommendations

Common conditions that we see:

Neck and back pain

– Shoulder, hip, knee, leg and foot pain

Headaches/Migraines

– Whiplash

Sciatica

– Jaw pain

– Sports Injuries

what is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy uses physical techniques to improve movement, reduce pain and stiffness, increase mobility and prevent further injury.

A physiotherapist can offer the following treatments:

– Exercise prescription

– Manipulation and mobilisation of the joints

– Soft tissue techniques, including dry needling, stretching, massage

– Airway clearance and breathing techniques

– Hydrotherapy

what is osteopathy?

Osteopathy uses hands-on treatment with a focus on the way the body works, in strains or injuries in our movements.

An osteopath can offer the following treatments:

– Soft tissue techniques, including dry needling, stretching, massage

– Manipulation and mobilisation of the joints

– Exercise prescription

– Lifestyle advice

– Dry needling 

so who do i see?

There are more similarities between the professions than there are differences. 

All are equally qualified and trained in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. 

There are some people who prefer one over the other, but ultimately the one that best suits you will come down to your personal preference and situation.

Any easy starting point is to remember the differences between the professions. Chiropractors focus on the spine, joints, manipulation and posture. 

Physiotherapists focus on rehabilitation and injury management, massage and peripheral joints. 

Osteopaths focus on muscles, ligaments, stretching, mobilisation and massage.

Depending on your injury or pain, follow the guide above to seek the specific help you need. 

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