Osteo, chiro or physio?
March 18, 2020
One of the most common questions I get asked is “What is the difference between osteo, chiro and physio?”
Osteopaths look at resolving both the presenting pain and symptoms while also addressing the underlying reasons for that complaint – We do this using hands on techniques such as gentle mobilisations, joint manipulations and soft tissue work. At our osteopathic clinic in Chatswood we also combine dry needling, sports taping and functional range assessments if needed. To achieve maximal benefits, we then tailor specific exercise and mobility routines for clients to do at home or at the gym. Finally, we address other influencing factors such as working posture and ergonomics or lifestyle habits that benefit or are a hindrance to recovery. Looking at all these factors is why many refer to osteopathic treatment as being holistic.
Chiropractors assess the movement of spinal segments using the theory that restrictions at spinal joints interferes with ‘healthy’ neurological control of a designated area of the body. Finding these restrictions and then aiming to balance them using predominantly corrective spinal manipulations, chiropractors aim to restore health with this method.
Physiotherapists traditionally worked with clients for rehabilitation. Following on from an accident, injury or surgery, physiotherapists would prescribe exercises needed to return the body to a pre-injury state. Often this is supplemented with hot cold therapy, TENS machines, taping, strapping or a number of other adjuncts.
As knowledge and understanding of the human body, rehabilitation and treatments increase, all manual therapies have seen a shift in the way clinicians treat. As time goes on I think there will be a merging of these modalities and a huge crossover in treatment techniques which ultimately means better therapist and better outcomes for clients.
Give us a call on 02 9884 8758Tor book online to find out if osteopathic therapy is right for you.