Who should you go and see? A Physio? Osteopath? Chiropractor?
Let’s look at what they all do…
Seeing a Physiotherapist
Physiotherapists can work on patients experiencing pain or injury. However, they tend to work more on general health and wellbeing post-injury, observing patients movements and correcting them, creating exercise programmes and the like.
If you’ve got a long-term injury or illness and you’re looking for an exercise rehabilitation plan – a physio is who you’re after. Of course massage and physio go together wonderfully to help retrain your muscles AND prevent further injury.
Should I go to an Osteopath?
Osteopaths focus on patients who are experiencing pain or injury. Most of their work is done with massage and movement of muscles (90% of it is hands on). If your pain is severe rather than just everyday aches and pains, for example, you would be better off seeing an osteopath rather than a massage therapist.
Of course, sometimes the injury isn’t fixed with an osteopath session. You might want to try a physiotherapist or chiropractor. Listen to your body. You’ll know who will be best for you.
When should I see a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation to make sure the body’s musculoskeletal structure is in alignment. Research has suggested that this works for muscle-related or unexplained lower-back pain, but it should not be used for chronic conditions such as arthritis (whereas massage can help those cases).
And yes, a trained and licensed chiropractor is perfectly safe to go and see if you are otherwise in good health. However, if in any doubt, as always go and check with your GP first.