Category Physiotherapist


At some point, we’ve all wondered about what choices are best for us, whether it’s which company to bank with, which foods are healthiest or even which phone will last the longest while suiting our needs. Healthcare is arguably harder to differentiate, mainly because every profession has its specialities and within those professions each therapist has their own specialities.

Take, for example, that you want to have neck pain resolved. Unless you have received a personal recommendation from someone who has had the same issue, you may never know if you need a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor. We also have a service blog on Osteopathy and Sports massage to help you to differentiate between the two. We have also published an article, What is the difference between an osteopath, chiropractor, and physiotherapist?” This goes into the specifics of the three, but this service blog helps to figure this out from a physiotherapy perspective.


So, physiotherapy: what is it, and how does it help those suffering from pain, illness, or disability? Physiotherapy is a profession regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and they do most of their training in hospitals and community care environments which is very different from osteopaths, chiropractors, and sports therapists.

How does it work

Physiotherapy is an evidence-based profession that helps patients through various means, mainly:

  • Exercise therapy (movement therapy, strength, and conditioning, etc.)
  • Soft tissue work (massage, frictions, etc.)
  • Providing education regarding your problem.

Physiotherapy can be quite hands-off compared to other services we offer, and the patient is expected to be more compliant with the advice outside of this clinic. This is more positive to some and less so to others, depending on your attitude towards exercise.

So, who do you see at the Movement and Wellbeing Clinic?

Recommendations on who to see is a tricky question, however, we have summed up what you may expect from your therapist, based on what issues you have and what type of care you’d prefer. In both osteopathy and physiotherapy, you will get a full diagnosis, information on the condition, and a management plan.

 Back painNeck pain & headachesJoint pain (knee, wrist, etc.)Muscle/tendon painPosture
Osteopathy1) Manipulation (back cracking), soft tissue work, exercises2) Manipulation (back cracking), soft tissue work, exercises3) Mobilisation, traction, exercises,4) ExercisesManipulation (back cracking), soft tissue work, exercises
Physiotherapy1) Exercises, stretches, soft tissue work2) Exercises, stretches, soft tissue work3) Exercises, stretches, soft tissue work4) Exercises stretchesExercises, stretches, soft tissue work
Massage therapy1) Massage2) Massage3) Massage, traction4) Massage (not recommended for tendon pain)Massage (less effective)


What else would you see a physiotherapist for?

Osteopaths, chiropractors, and sports therapists also prescribe exercises, but physiotherapists spend more of their training on this subject and can actually help to empower vulnerable patients more due to their clinical training in NHS special care units. There are a few aspects of patient care that a physiotherapist would be more specialised in than their counterparts:

  • Cardiovascular such as:
  • Rehabilitation after a heart attack
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neurological such as:
  • Parkinson’s
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Respiratory such as:
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis

At the Movement and Wellbeing Clinic Angel Gardens, we have a top of the range gym facility to make use of if we need to utilise equipment to optimise your health. This goes hand in hand alongside the principles and utilises the best aspects of physiotherapy.

For any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask:

0161 209 2980

Ed Madeley M.Ost

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