Osteopath- Philip Ashcroft

Covent Garden, Soho, Westminster, Marylebone, Liverpool Street, Brentwood

What is the difference between an osteopath, chiropractor, and physiotherapist?

We are asked this question every day in clinic. There is huge overlap between the professions of osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy. The patient could receive a very similar experience, whoever they chose to see, and an equally successful outcome. Every practitioner, regardless of discipline, works in their own way.

It can be daunting to make the first step of choosing who to go and see. We recommend that you first ask your friends and work colleagues who has helped them in the past. Your healthcare insurer will also have a database of registered osteopaths in your area.

Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners, as are your GP and dentist. Their expertise is in the musculoskeletal (MSK) system – that is the muscles, joints and associated tissues and their relationship with the rest of the body. Most people will visit an osteopath for neck and shoulder pain, upper back pain, low back pain, or headaches. However, osteopaths treat the whole body and an assessment will attempt to determine why you, now, are experiencing dysfunction in any part of your body.

Massage features greatly in most treatments at Osteopath Covent Garden. It is reasonable to expect a course of treatment, but a single treatment can prove to be very helpful. We find two to four treatments greatly helps the most common complaints, but remember that you are unique. How you care for yourself afterwards is of course very relevant. Many patients enjoy visiting for periodical maintenance every 4-6 weeks at the point when they may be starting to feel a little stiff, or even when they feel perfectly fine.

N.B. High Velocity Thrust techniques (“cracking” of joints) require much expertise and a medical work-up. No practitioner shall attempt such a technique without first an assessment of the balance of risk and after a proper explanation to the patient and their informed consent.