Osteopathy vs Physiotherapy

Osteopathy and Physiotherapy share many similarities, however the two professions originated from quite different roots. The greatest difference today is the training and ideology.

Osteopaths view the body as a whole, unique, interconnected, self-healing system. Osteopathic treatment focuses on correcting, where possible, disturbances with this system. These disturbances may be due to muscle weakness, imbalance, tension, joint restrictions, poor posture or injury (to name a few). Each patient is unique so each treatment is tailored to the individual and not necessarily just their symptom(s).

Osteopathic diagnosis and consequent treatment is 95% ‘hands-on’. Osteopathic techniques vary from soft tissue massage and passive joint movements to thrust techniques, such as joint manipulation – often referred to by patients as “cracking” (which in fact is only the release of a slight vacuum that has built up between two joint surfaces). Many Osteopaths also use modern acupuncture or ‘dry needling’ and in many cases will offer lifestyle or postural advice and give exercises and stretches to aid recovery and prevention of future symptoms.

Physiotherapy diagnosis and treatment is less ‘hands-on’ as more focus is given to observing movement and correcting technique. The techniques employed by Physiotherapists vary from soft tissue techniques to more extensive rehabilitation exercise programs.

Please feel free to contact me for any advice on which is the best treatment for you. I can be contacted on Tammy@aspireosteopathy.co.uk or you call me on 020 8530 8029.