Physio / Osteo / Chiro Guide


Few people are lucky enough to escape some sort of physical pain or injury at some point in their life, whether this is a bad back or a sprained ankle or one of hundreds of other complaints.  Sometimes these things get better quickly on their own, but very often a problem that isn’t addressed properly becomes chronic and causes on-going pain and dysfunction.

It is easy to put off seeking advice or treatment. You may be busy, deterred by long NHS waiting times and having to take time off work for treatment, or you may have considered private treatment but not know where to go to for help. Do you need to see a physiotherapist, a chiropractor or an osteopath?  It can be confusing and you probably want to find out more before making a choice.

Taping knee injuryWe have put together this guide so that you don’t have to waste more precious time trying to find enough information to help you make your decision. The purpose of the guide is not to recommend one approach (physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic) over another, but rather to explain the fundamental concepts on which each of these professions is based, what they do, how they work and the sort of conditions they treat so you can make an informed choice yourself.

We also tell you what qualifications physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors hold, how they are regulated by law and, importantly, how to check whether an individual is appropriately qualified and registered.

We have included some practical information about how to access treatment and average costs of seeing somebody privately. The good news is that very often treatment is covered by private health insurance. If you don’t have health insurance and you are concerned about cost, even a one-off session for assessment and advice from your chosen practitioner about how you can help yourself can be invaluable.

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The ‘Physiotherapist, Osteopath, Chiropractor?’ guide has been written to provide potential users of these services with sufficient factual and practical information to help them to decide for themselves which type of practitioner, if any, they would like to see.  The guide does not recommend one approach or type of practitioner over the others or any treatments or interventions for specific conditions. Individuals should always do their own independent research and confirm the appropriateness of this decision with their chosen practitioner. may have a business relationship with the individual practitioners and /or practices selected for listing. However, selection is made only on the basis of location in order to provide a geographical spread within the relevant postcode area covered and because it appears, at the time of production of the list, that individual practitioners are appropriately qualified and registered with the relevant statutory body. The inclusion of individual practitioners and /or practices on the list does not constitute a recommendation. will not be responsible or liable directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of our information guides or the services provided by those included on the list.

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