Much as with chiropractic care, physiotherapy and osteopathy are quite similar in nature. Perhaps a key difference is that physiotherapists, while they treat a wide range of joint injuries, don’t tend to treat as wide a set of symptoms as osteopathy. Physiotherapists also tend to make more use of machines like TENS machines and ultrasounds to help treat any injured areas on the body.
Osteopathy, unlike physiotherapy and chiropractic care, is more focused on treating the body as a whole rather than one particular area that may be causing pain. Osteopathy focuses heavily on treating several areas of the body in an integrated manner.
For example, an individual may be suffering from knee pain. An osteopath will look at the biomechanics of other parts of the body to determine the source of pain: to see if there’s an issue with the alignment of the ankle, the back, or the pelvis that could be causing that knee pain.
Your local Bondi Junction osteopath will be able to help you and your children with a range of conditions, including pregnancy issues, joint pain and sports injuries. Your trained osteopath will be able to make self-management recommendations based on your physical complaints.
So which type of therapist should you choose? This really depends on a number of factors, including your injury, your lifestyle, and your personality. If you are unsure about an osteopath you can read more here.