What is the difference between Physiotherapists and Osteopaths?

City Osteopathy and Physiotherapy we offer both Osteopathy and Physiotherapy. Despite the origins and philosophies of the professions being different, both employ the use of manual and physical therapy techniques techniques and treat very similar musculoskeletal conditions. Both can be very successful in helping a patient to recovery.

Within the professions there are different styles of treatment, whereas Physiotherapists largely employ structural techniques and sometimes use of electrotherapy, Osteopaths tend to use a more holistic approach and more commonly will also use visceral techniques and cranial sacral therapy (also known as craniosacral therapy). Physiotherapists tend to use more exercise based rehabilitation as an adjunct to treatment. Physiotherapists tend to refer back to substantiate their treatments from a research base. Both professions can use dry needling techniques depending on their training.

There is overlap between the professions and some techniques work very well for some people and others respond to another approach but they can also be used together to enhance each others practice and management of patients dysfunctions.

At City Osteopathy and Physiotherapy, we are able to work and refer between each others specialities for the best outcome of our patients.