Osteopathy, Chiropractic & Physiotherapy
What is the difference between Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?
Probably the easiest way to think about it is that osteopathic treatment generally falls between physiotherapy and chiropractic, employing elements of both, for effective all round treatment. Physiotherapy tends to prescribe more strengthening exercises and offers less hands on treatment than osteopathy and physical therapists often have a different understanding of the presenting problem and how to treat it.
Chiropractic treatment on the other hand primarily uses spinal manipulation (joint popping and cracking) to treat patients, and again has a different philosophy for treatment and treatment rationale, than in osteopathy.
Like all therapies, each individual practitioner of a particular discipline such as osteopathy or chiropractic will use different styles, approaches and techniques often based on their training and background, personal strengths and weaknesses and how efficient they are at applying each technique effectively to best treat their patients.
However broadly speaking osteopaths apply a wider range of styles and techniques than chiropractors or physiotherapists as they are trained in refined soft and deep tissue release techniques, combined with osteopathic articulation (another form of joint therapy) as well as joint and spinal manipulation techniques when required. Because of this, osteopaths often require a longer appointment time between 45 minutes to 1 hour to effectively apply the necessary therapy.
Osteopaths are also highly trained in prescribing exercise and rehabilitation plans and this often goes hand in hand with direct treatment for optimal healing and long lasting recovery.