Osteopaths and physiotherapists treat very similar conditions, so you will be forgiven for thinking they are the same practice.
A physiotherapist treats patients affected by disability, illness or injury through manual therapy, movement and exercise to help manage pain and prevent disease. Physiotherapists also cover neurological, respiratory and musculoskeletal health problems and often use ultrasound and electrotherapy during their treatment.
Osteopathy on the other hand tends to focus more on spinal issues and involves a hands-on approach when treating patients.
An osteopath uses techniques such as massage or stretching to identify, treat, and prevent physical misalignments from occurring, by manipulating the joints and muscles. Osteopathy aims to increase joint mobility, relieve tension in the muscles and boost blood supply to tissues, for the body to heal and stay healthy and strong.
If you are looking for a non-surgical or non-pharmaceutical treatment option, give us a call, as osteopathy does not involve the practice of surgery or administering medication.