‘From my understanding, physiotherapists focus on helping to restore movement and function after an injury or physical disability – they look at giving you rehabilitation exercises and focus on existing muscular imbalances and weaknesses. They'll give patients exercises to undertake at home as part of their rehabilitation or to address their ongoing musculoskeletal issues.
‘Osteopaths are interested in muscular imbalance also, however probably have more of a joint focus. We aim to restore a full pain-free range of motion. We look at the interrelationship between structure and function. For example, if your joints are moving well – if you have nice loose muscles – your body will then be able to perform at its best. It's about getting your body into a position where it doesn't need treatment.
‘Basically whether you choose to see a physio or osteo, if your practitioner is treating you with a multi-modal approach (if they're massaging the area, doing a bit of manipulation, and also giving you stretching and strengthening advice) with the view to have you seeing them less and empowering you to manage your own condition, then you're seeing the right person. If they're only using one treatment type to address your issue repeatedly, and you're not getting any advice on how to self-manage your condition, then it might be time to see someone new.’
Dr David Colosimo, Harley House Osteopathy