How should one decide between making an appointment with an osteopath, chiropractor, physiotherapist, masseur, or arranging a consultation with one’s GP?
Word of mouth recommendation is by far your safest means of selecting a practitioner. Ask your friends and colleagues whom they use! Speak to your health insurer for a registered osteopath in your area.
There is huge overlap between the professions of osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy. The real likelihood is that the patient would receive a similar experience, whoever they chose to see, and hopefully an equally successful outcome. There are some extremely talented masseurs, whilst osteopaths train in advanced massage techniques throughout their four year training and these often feature hugely in an osteopathic treatment with us. A course of treatment should reasonably be expected, although single treatments often prove to be very helpful. For the most common problems that we see- facet joint irritations of the spine- we find two to four treatments greatly helps the majority of patients. Recovery time depends on the presenting complaint, how you look after yourself after treatment, and how long you have been experiencing difficulty prior to seeing us.
N.B. High Velocity Thrust techniques (“cracking” of joints) require much expertise and are not commonly practised by physiotherapists, unless they have completed postgraduate training. No practitioner shall attempt such a technique without assessment of risk and a proper explanation to the patient, resulting in their informed consent.