In our final segment of our 4 part series regarding the common question of the difference between a Physiotherapist, an Osteopath and a Chiropractor, I ask world-renowned sports physiotherapist, Greg Dea to share his thoughts on a physiotherapist's role as a treatment provider. Although most of you would know what a physiotherapist does, I believe Greg has some pearls to share with us.
Without further ado, take it away Greg!
Dr Greg Rose, chiropractor and co-director of Titleist Performance Institute, has said that if you're being treated by a physical therapist, a chiropractor or an osteopath, and you can tell the difference, they aren't as good as they could be.
We're all in the business of physical therapy - restoring function. We all reap the benefit of those scientists who study humans. We all apply slightly different methods to address those deficits found on evaluation. We all have different experiences with how to evaluate and how to deliver a therapy, which forms the basis of perceived differences.
Here's the thing - we all should agree when there is pain to be treated, mobility limitations and asymmetries to be addressed, and faulty control of movement below an acceptable level.
The difference in the art is in when it's considered prudent to address each one of those. Rather than look at our differences, we should look at commonalities - the clients in front of us who have problems with achieving their goals, and who have problems with patterns, parts and performance. The systematic addressing of those signatures of failure - those elements that hold a person back - that is our commonality. The rest is art, and art is individual.
I hope you have enjoyed this series of guest authors who have shared their views on each profession and how it actually doesn't matter what "profession" you prefer to have a consultation with. As always, it is all about the client. As soon as we start to be too precious or dogmatic about who/what is right, we have lost sight of our goal, which is to serve the client and ultimately, make this world a better place.
As always, thanks for reading!