What’s the difference between Physiotherapy and Osteopathy?

Apr 11, 2023

We have probably been asked that question a million times: what’s the difference between Physiotherapy and Osteopathy? Physiotherapy and Osteopathy are two distinct but related fields that aim to treat musculoskeletal disorders. While both professions focus on restoring function and relieving pain, they differ in their treatment methods and areas of expertise.

Osteopathy is a holistic approach that emphasizes manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, and muscle energy techniques. Osteopaths believe that the body has a natural ability to heal itself, and that by removing restrictions and imbalances in the musculoskeletal system, the body can function optimally.

On the other hand, physiotherapy tends to use more exercise prescription to improve strength, flexibility, and mobility. Physiotherapists are trained to develop individualised exercise programs that target specific areas of weakness or dysfunction, helping patients to regain their strength and mobility.

At CBR Clinics, both physiotherapists and osteopaths are expert in treating all musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Our osteopaths excel in manual therapy techniques that aid recovery, while our physiotherapists focus on exercise prescription to help patients regain strength and mobility. By combining these two approaches, we provide our patients with a comprehensive and personalised treatment plan that targets their unique needs.

We understand that every patient is different and requires an individualised approach. Our team of osteopaths and physiotherapists work closely together to develop treatment plans that are tailored to each patient’s specific needs. We also work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as specialist consultants and podiatrists, to provide our patients with the best possible care.

Contact CBR Clinics on 0330 299 3020 or click HERE to book online to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists or osteopaths.

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