Osteopaths, Physiotherapists & Chiropractors
Physiotherapist or Chiropractor?
A lot of our patients come to us after seeing a Physiotherapist or a Chiropractor because it wasn’t the right choice of therapy for them and because they didn’t know any other alternative existed. Even a substantial percentage of the older GP’s we meet struggle to give a clear explanation of what the difference is between an Osteopath, a Physiotherapist and a Chiropractor.
Osteopaths are Different
Complex and recurring back and neck pain? Hip pain stopping you sleeping? Sore thumbs, wrists and elbows at work? Can’t exercise because of that niggle in the shoulder or the knee that never really goes away. Try Osteopathy. We are different.
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine. That means we are focused on treating musculoskeletal and neuro-musculoskeletal issues with non-surgical and drug-free approaches and therapies. We share this increasingly crowded market with two bigger competitors: Physiotherapy and Chiropractic. All of these professions appear similar to the unenlightened eye, but from whom Osteopathy is different.
Osteopathy is a small profession with just over 2000 registered professionals in Australia. Compare that to Chiropractors, which has well over twice that number and physiotherapy, which has somewhere in the vicinity of 40,000 professionals in Australia and you begin to see a big part of our issue is related to scale.
What’s Right for You?
The best therapist for you will be right for you; and so you should go by whom you feel best understands your issue, who listens, who communicates and who works the hardest for you. But if you are genuinely unsure about who to see, consider seeing an Osteopath.
So, why should you see an Osteopath? There are a number of reasons you should consider:
- The care is different. Osteopaths use a model of therapy that places a lot of significance on understanding the psychosocial aspects of an ongoing injury as well as the biological aspects. This is a direction that is increasingly being validated by research into musculoskeletal issues like arthritis, persistent pain, overuse injuries and headache, among other things.
- We are gentler practitioners. Some types of therapy out there can be very painful to endure, something that I think is rarely justified or necessary in manual medicine. Some practitioners tend to wear that as a badge of honour, but I think it can be quite harmful.
- Osteopaths study more. Osteopaths spend three years studying undergraduate subjects and two years doing masters level study into the practical and theoretical aspects of manual medicine. Physiotherapists spend four years doing an undergraduate degree to register. There is more time in the Chiropractic and Osteopathic degrees to focus on the highly skilled and delicate aspects of hands on manual therapy.
- Musculoskeletal is our forté. Physiotherapists have quite diverse career options in healthcare and routinely opt for roles in hospitals or administrations in healthcare. Osteopaths and Chiropractors are much, much more likely to end up in private practice seeing musculoskeletal issues only.
- We search and treat the cause. This often means we will be looking at your pelvis when you have a knee complaint, or your neck and your work environment with a recurring back problem. This approach means we can often pick up things that might be missed by more reductionist approaches.
If you are looking for treatment for body related issues, musculoskeletal problems, recurring pain or work injuries then Osteopaths represent a valid and appropriate alternative to the more well trodden paths to a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor door.
We are highly educated modern healthcare professionals who operate within Australia's well-regulated and safe healthcare system. As a profession we see over 50,000 Australians every week. Most extras healthcare insurance policies give generous rebates for Osteopathic care.
Come and try us next time you have a need. You wont be disappointed!
Book Your First Ostepath Appointment
Please note that health insurance rebates can be claimed on the spot for osteopathic treatment through our HICAPs system
Initial Appointment $140 (please allow 1 hour)
Return Appointment $95 (please allow 30 minutes)
Concession rate $85 *
*Concession may be offered to pensioners, students and those experiencing financing hardship