One frequently asked question clinically is how is physiotherapy different from some of the other professions such as Chiropractic or Osteopathy?
Having worked with chiropractors and having been trained in numerous osteopathic techniques in the USA, I can say that there can be a good amount of overlap between the 3. I would even say that there may be little difference between a highly skilled osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist. All 3 professions use a hands-on approach to treating conditions. All 3 professions use manual skills to move joints, soft tissue, connective tissue and nerve tissue.
However, one way physiotherapists differ from others is that they are a part of the current mainstream medical model. Physiotherapist are found in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, inpatient and outpatient clinics, closely working with medical doctors. They follow scientifically proven methods when treating patients which is one of the main reasons Medical Doctors commonly refer patients for rehabilitation.
One of the main areas of focus in physiotherapy is exercise. Manual therapy and other modalities can help accelerate improvement, however the research strongly supports exercise and movement as the "magic bullet". Physiotherapists are trained to determine the most appropriate type of exercise for your specific condition and activity level.