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Which therapy is for me? How do they all differ?


Here at The Malmesbury Healthcare Clinic we offer many different therapies, from Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Massage and Hypnotherapy. Differentiating between the different practices can be a confusing business for new patients, so we here to give you a helping hand in the right direction.

One of the most commonly asked questions we get is 'What is the difference between Osteopaths, Physios and Chiropractors?'. The answer to this question is sometimes not easy. Below we detail what each therapy offers.



Osteopathy is a non-invasive manual therapy that concentrates on a holistic approach to treatment. Osteopaths consider the relationship between the bodies organs, joints, muscles and tendons and will create bespoke treatments depending on the condition.

An Osteopath spends four to five years training at University, developing skills that allow them to assess injuries, treat with a hands-on manner and create tailored exercise routines for patients.

Osteopaths are primary healthcare professionals that are regulated by law. GP's will often refer to Osteopaths where they believe an Osteopathic treatment to be beneficial to the patient. This approach is becoming more common and reinforces Osteopathy's position as a central part of the modern healthcare system.


Physiotherapist are perhaps the most well known practitioners in the group. The role of a Physiotherapist incorporates rehabilitation, promoting good health and preventing injury. Practitioners will focus on movement to restore physical strength, function and mobility.

Physiotherapists will work with patients and often the patients GP to analyse medical history and assess the best way forward to rehabilitation. They will often set out goals and provide detailed exercise routines which will allow the patient to maintain good health.

All Physiotherapists (Physios) train for 3-4 years where they learn skills that allow them to identify the root cause of an injury and create tailored programmes that treat the injury effectively. You will often find Physios practicing privately, in the NHS, at fitness & sport clubs and in community health centres.

Massage Therapy

Massage is a type of therapeutic treatment that can be benefical to anyone. Typical conditions that are treated by Massage Therapists are muscle tension, back & neck pain, pain, injuries or reduced flexibility. Massage therapists use various hands-on techniques to work with a patient to reduce pain and reduce recovery time from an injury

Massage helps to release endorphins and will also help to increase blood supply to an affected area. This can help to relax muscles and can also give the immune system a boost.

Despite being an unregulated industry, our massage therapists are all regulated by a governing body (IICT) and are fully qualified in their fields. This involves putting in a certain amount of time of training and learning advanced techniques that make them fully qualified to treat patients in the UK. You will often find Massage Therapists operating in Sports & Health clubs and in various private practices.


Still confused about who to book in with? Do not worry. Both Osteopaths and Physiotherapists are primary care practitioners and are all fully qualified to assess and diagnose conditions and injuries. All of our practitioners also inter refer to each other meaning that once an initial consultation has taken place, they will refer to other practitioners who they feel are better suited to helping you get back to full health.

We can also provide a no obligation assessment with any of our practitioners for a reduced fee. This is perfect for anyone that wants to come in for a 20 minute chat and have a think about any treatment before proceeding.

For anymore information about any of our treatments, please feel free to call us on 01666 817123 or contact us via our contact page.