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Physio, chiro or Osteo – which one should I see?

January 2022

If you’re experiencing aches and pains, recovering from an injury, or having trouble with movement and mobility throughout your body, there are a few health practitioners you can seek help from – Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths.

Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Osteopathy all have slightly different approaches, but there is also a lot of crossover in the treatments they provide and the injuries/conditions they help fix, so it can be hard to know which one is the right one for you to see.

The best bet is to first visit your GP to talk about your injury, or the issue(s) causing you pain and discomfort. They can advise you on which type of treatment is likely to be the most helpful, and provide more information to guide you towards the right professional.

However, we’ve put together a brief run-down on Physiotherapy, treatment, chiropractic treatment and osteopathy so you can better understand these professions, and how they can help you on your health journey!


Physiotherapists are experts in body movement and function. They use physical techniques to help you recover from injru, reduce pain and stiffness, improve movement and mobility, and prevent further injury. They often work with people affected by chronic diseases and physical disability that might have come about because of an accident/injury, surgery, or a condition they’ve had most of their life.

Physiotherapists use a wide range

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