Osteopaths and physiotherapists have different approaches to treating patients, based on different underlying philosophies, however, for both professions, the aims are the same:

– listen to patients

– use evidence based techniques

– promote self and active recovery

– reduce pain

– centre care around patient

Osteopathy is a healthcare system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions; it is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths will treat the body as a whole; they will not only treat the symptoms, but identify the underlying causes of the presenting complain by using their palpation skills. The aim is to restore the body’s balance and enhance its self-healing mechanisms by stimulating the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.

There are a variety of manual techniques used by osteopaths, such as stretching, soft tissue work, structural, cranial, functional and visceral techniques to suit the specific need of each individual patient. Self-management advice and support, and/or exercises can also be provided to aid recovery and promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

Physiotherapy aims to restore and promote movement and function when someone is affected by injury or illness or from a developmental issue or disability. Physiotherapists are generally area specific and target the tissues involved and generally include movement sequences and exercises as part of the treatment.  They will also provide education and advice, to help manage pain, boost strength and mobility and prevent reoccurrence in the future. Physiotherapy can also be preparatory, focusing on strengthening particular muscle groups and easing joint pain ahead of sporting events and surgeries.

The reality is there are probably more similarities than differences between both professions; the therapists are equally qualified and trained in the treatment and management of many conditions.

It is important you research the person who you feel best suits your personal needs based on his/her experience and training.