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chiropractor, osteopath and physiotherapy compared by Tamworth Osteopath

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Osteopath, Chiropractor or Physiotherapist, which one do i need, and what is the difference? This is a common question from members of the public and depending on who you ask you will probably get different answers. It is far easier to compare the similarities between them rather than the differences.

Firstly it is important to stress that this is my opinion based on experience of having worked alongside all professions. My name is John Williams, a GOsC registered Osteopath and HPC registered Physiotherapist.?I am Clinic Director of Atlas Pain Relief Centre based in Tamworth and Solihull. www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk

I begin by stating that all three professions treat the same patients, it is probably that each profession has a slightly different approach thats all. Within the professions you will get individuals with certain specialities that they have more experience in, and feel more comfortable with.

All three professions are regulated by their respective governing bodies and are highly trained. All three follow a recognised university degree programme. Physiotherapy can be either a 3 or 4 year programme of training whereas Osteopaths and Chiropractors cover a 5 year training programme.

Currently the Physiotherapists are found mostly within the NHS on completion of their training as they are the largest employers. Osteopaths and Chiropractors are mainly in private practice but will at some stage in the future i believe, be working within the NHS framework.

The training of each profession is slightly different but increasingly there appears to be more crossover.?For a long time Osteopaths and Chiropractors were performing High Velocity Thrusts (HVT’s) which is the cracking of backs and necks and requires much expertise. Now we see Physiotherapists training in this type of treatment, however i feel that many practitioners perform these techniques after short training workshops, and the lack of training in this area concerns me. Acupuncture is another similar workshop training that can produce practitioners with little experience. The public should, in my opinion, be informed of the length of training in this activity as poor results from an inexperienced practitioner can give the profession a bad name.

Physiotherapists are trained in electrotherapy and more Osteopaths and Chiropractors now use this form of treatment.

Chiropractors use the title “Doctor” in front of their name whereas Osteopaths refused this option as they felt the public may confuse them with GP’s. Most Chiropractors are not GP’s and are only using the title “Doctor of Chiropractic” The general public are confused about who does what and are told such a variety of answers to their questions they are understandably confused.

At Atlas Pain Relief Centre our aim is to be honest with our patients and put their welfare first.

Let us look at some of the comments and questions i am asked on a regular basis.

I am told i need an xray in order to see the condition and determine alignment of my spine! Well maybe if a fracture or pathology is suspected, but xrays are not good for you and shouldn’t be a routine procedure!.

There should be no need to pay for xrays as your GP will refer you for free. This can be done within no more than 2 weeks but if they consider it urgent then it can be done the same day.

After a conversation with the General Chiropractic Council, my understanding is that xrays that are taken by chiropractors become part of your case notes.  As such they are kept securely at their clinic and they will not give them to you because they are required to keep them.  However as you are entitled to copies of your case notes if you request them, chiropractors must supply you with a copy of the xray if you ask them.

There is a charge of up to £50 that can be made by the practitioner for the supply of your case notes which means that, should you agree to an xray from a chiropractor you will have to pay for the initial xray, plus should you require a copy of this xray you may have to pay another £50 to have a copy.  This has to be factored into the cost of receiving an xray at your chiropractors should you want a copy for your records or indeed wish to have a second opinion on the diagnosis you have been given.

If you consider that the NHS provide xrays via your GP for free then this may be a more cost effective route should you need xray imaging. Your GP should be able to advise you on the use of xrays.

.Your spine is out of alignment and needs a lot of treatment to get it back in line !

The human spine varies in shape and size between individuals and adapts to a variety of situations. To attempt to make a spine that is naturally different to become more traditional would only upset the harmony of the back and create more problems that you may already have. If your spine fails to function correctly then perhaps you may be experiencing a facet lock which is basically vertebrae getting stuck creating a restriction in movement and often accompanied with muscle spasm. You experienced practitioner should be capable of feeling this restriction and releasing it for you. If you find that you are told to keep returning for the same treatment, then question the treatment plan. Facet locks will not be evident via scans or xrays as they are a problem of function, in other words if you take a photograph of a door when closed, you wouldn’t be able to determine if it is stuck and fails to open would you!

Your pelvis is out of line or twisted You may experience a rotated ilia which refers to this condition however they are simple to adjust and should not need to be corrected more than a couple of times. If this continues to occur then there is an underlying problem which needs attention. Continual adjustments (cracking your back and neck) leads to hypermobile joints which will give you more problems. Some practitioners use the term “your pelvis is out, or misaligned” far too often, when in fact it may not be. What springs to mind here is “If your only tool is a hammer, you will always see the world as a nail”

If you get the same treatment everytime you go, then maybe it is a set routine you are getting and not customised for you. Chances are, everyone may be getting the same treatment as you, even though you all present with different problems.

Before any treatment takes place ask for a diagnosis. If they seem unsure then get another opinion. If you see no improvement in 4 treatments consider looking for a second opinion.

At Atlas we resolve most back and neck pain between 4 and 6 treatments and will educate patients on their condition, explaining via models of the spine what is wrong and how firstly we intend to correct the problem and more importantly how to prevent this from occuring again.

Finally, how much will it cost. This depends on individuals and location. Ask how long you will be getting for treatment and how much each session costs. When you have this information compare other professions for value. Ask yourself if you are only offered 10 mins per session ” am i on a production line and is this sufficient time to help me” £25 may be cheaper than £35 but if you compare 10 minutes to 30 minutes you can make value comparisons. The cheapest isn’t always the best and word of mouth recommendations are valuable”

If you would like any advice on back or neck problems then email info@atlaspainrelief.co.uk

Tamworth Osteopath at Atlas Pain Relief Centre offers an alternative back pain treatment to a Tamworth Chiropractor.

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Tamworth Chiropractors, Tamworth Physiotherapists, Acupuncture and Sports Therapists all treat back pain.  At Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Lower Gungate, Tamworth town centre they offer a selection of back pain treatments from a variety of practitioners.

Atlas has Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Acupuncture, Podiatrist and Sports Therapists working at the Tamworth Back Pain Relief Clinic.  There are no Tamworth Chiropractors however as Atlas believe they offer an alternative to the Tamworth Chiropractic clinics.

The approach between chiropractors and other back pain professions are generally different and Atlas prefer to allow patients and back pain sufferers the option to choose which style of treatment they prefer.

There is a comparison article on the differences between osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists which can be found on the Atlas website www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk if you are interested in researching the different approaches to treatment that each profession offers for back pain.

Atlas treat back pain, low back pain and stiff necks.  All spinal problems are looked at in the Tamworth clinic. Neck and back pain although the most common condition is not the only thing that is treated.  Shoulder pain and knee pain is treated as are all musculo skeletal problems.

Sciatica and trapped nerve are often very painful and cause much distress however a bulging disc can be treated with the proper physiotherapy and recover.

Appointments at the Tamworth clinic can be made by telephoning 01827 59943

Tamworth Osteopath launches Running Injury Clinic in Tamworth

Monday, June 7th, 2010

With the increase in popularity in distance running now, Tamworth Osteopath John Williams has set up a running injury clinic at the Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Tamworth town centre, Staffordshire. Tamworth osteopaths are not all you will find at Atlas. Physiotherapists providing physiotherapy and sports injury treatments as well as massage.

Bringing in the expertise of Sports Podiatrist Peter Taylor from Solihull Birmingham who will be providing biomechanical assessments and prescription orthotics to help resolve issues of overpronation and flat feet.

The Tamworth osteopaths at Atlas have an experienced sports injury team who treat runners and sportsmen and women from Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Atherstone, Measham, Brownhills and Swadlincote.

The Atlas sports massage team will be attending this years Lichfield 10k race in September 2010 providing free massage and injury treatment during the event.

Atlas have become well known in the treatment of Sports Injuries and Running Injuries is such a specialist area that the Tamworth clinic decided to take on Peter to provide a comprehensive service for local runners.

The website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk is a very useful source of information on running injuries and well worth a look.

Runners from the London Marathon and Birmingham Half Marathon regularly visit Tamworth and Solihull clinics for injury treatment and Sports Massage.

Patients will now be able to get prescription orthotics from Tamworth and receive a full biomechanical assessment from our Sports Podiatrist who is a 1hour 10min half marathon winner himself.

Appointments can be made by telephoning 01827 59943

Tamworth Osteopath teams up with a Tamworth Chiropodist

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Tamworth Osteopath John Williams has been joined by Chiropodist and Podiatrist Peter Taylor.at the Staffordshire clinic

Peter has joined the team at Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Lower Gungate, Tamworth town centre and will be providing footcare services for people in Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Brownhills, Swadlincote, Atherstone, and Measham

Treating common foot complaints such as ingrowing toenails, athletes foot, corns, callus and hard skin, Peter will compliment the existing team of  Tamworth Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Acupuncturists and Sports Massage Therapists.

Atlas provide a range of services to treat back pain, sciatica, trapped nerve, slipped and bulging discs, stiff neck, knee pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow and much more.  The website www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk highlights common problems and is worth a visit.

If you need an appointment for either back pain of footcare then contact reception on 01827 59943

Tamworth Osteopath is looking for an apprentice!

Monday, March 8th, 2010

 

The human spine explained

The human spine explained

Tamworth Osteopath John Williams is looking to find an apprentice. 

View website news button on www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk

 

 

 John who is the Clinic Director of Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Tamworth, Staffordshire is a registered Osteopath and registered Physiotherapist who has many years experience in treating and lecturing about Sports Injuries.

The entry requirements will be –  that the applicants must have a recognised qualification that enables them to have insurance to provide hands on work for members of the public.

The applicants must be prepared to work long hours, intensive  one to one training, for 12 months.  During this period there will be no paid work.  Hours will likely be 9am -7pm for 5 days per week.

There will be a non refundable training fee payable of £3000 which is paid up front.

The benefits will be:

One to one tuition for 12 months with Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist and Sports Therapist learning all aspects of musculo-skeletal treatment techniques, examination and testing of joints and spine, soft tissue techniques, electrotherapy, massage, sports injury diagnosis and treatments, exercise prescription and rehabilitation, biomechanical evaluations, laser foot scanning, video gait analysis and later may progress to manual manipulation of spinal segments.

At the end of the 12 months training period, provided the expected standard is achieved, the candidate will be offered full time paid employment.

This is only suitable for a serious candidate who wishes to learn advanced therapy skills from a collection of professions.  At the end of the training it would be expected that the candidate will gain a wealth of experience in treating patients within a busy clinic setting.

Contact John Williams  at jwosteopath@yahoo.com  stating your reasons for applying and attach a copy of your CV.