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I have been practicing Manual Osteopathy for about six years & I love every aspect of it. The way we observe and notice the slight changes in our patients and clients, allow us to help treat a person as a whole rather than focusing on specific attributes. All manual osteopathic treatments aim to provide you optimal results using various modalities individual therapists find effective. There is a difference in our style of therapy derived from our educational background. My background is in sports & athletic-therapy; I enjoy focusing on musculoskeletal issues as my main scope of practice. I perform a wide array of treatments in other bodily cases as well.
I usually get asked to explain what is the difference between Osteopathy and other forms of therapy (massage, physiotherapy, and chiropractic). In today's blog, I will outline the differences between each discipline. Regardless of the contrast, a combination of various therapies is key to fruitful wellness.
Why is Manual Osteopathy different?
The following comparisons are generalizations and may not reflect the methods of the practitioner. When looking around to find a treatment that is suitable for you, keep in mind that all professionals are healthcare practitioners, their main goal is to promote good health. Each practitioner has a unique method and style they developed over time and deem effective. Different treatments work well for different people. Find one that works for you.
Manual Osteopathy and Massage Therapy:
Massage Therapy and Manual Osteopathy share similar principles: the importance of increasing blood and lymph circulation, and the connection between structure and function.
A Massage Therapist (RMT) tends to apply techniques on the body as a whole, aiming to achieve a systemic effect with some time spent on specific areas of restriction.
A Manual Osteopathic Practitioner tends to focus entirely on the areas of restriction and traces them along their lines of functionality.
Manual Osteopaths focus on the evaluation and motion tests to determine primary restrictions of the body. Osteopathy usually feels more movement-oriented than massage, since the goal is to increase movement in joints and muscle along with reducing tissue restrictions.
Manual Osteopathy and Chiropractic:
Chiropractic and Osteopathy share many core beliefs. The factors that set them apart is the way they utilize those teachings.
Chiropractors primarily focus on the spine, and the nervous system, comparatively Manual Osteopathic Practitioners focus on all the joints in the body, including skull sutures, as well as muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, organs, and connective tissue.
Typical Chiropractic sessions are small (~20 minutes with a client), but some practitioners may offer longer sessions.
A Manual Osteopathy Therapy usually has 30 - 45-minute sessions, often up to an hour. A lengthier session allows us to discover and release the multi-faceted restrictions found in the body.
Manual Osteopathy and Physiotherapy:
Physiotherapy and Osteopathy both use therapeutic exercises to strengthen body structure. Physiotherapists provide manual therapy for strength and conditioning, with heavy usage of resistance exercise.
Manual Osteopaths use manual therapy to release tissue and musculoskeletal restrictions to increase range of movement, aiding in strengthening.