Physio in Loughton vs Osteopath | Ben Cohen Osteopathy

Whilst the two professions share similarities, there are also differences between osteopathy and Physiotherapist's approaches

Similarities

  • Physiotherapists in Loughton and Osteopaths in Loughton both treat similar conditions 

  • Physiotherapists and Osteopaths both share a common philosophy which set them apart from the more traditional allopathic fields of medicine.

  • The primary objectives of both Osteopathy and Physiotherapists in Loughton are most frequently the relief of aches and pains in the body.

  • Both Osteopaths and physiotherapists in Loughton treat more than just bone joints and soft tissues.

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  • When diagnosing patients, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths both use touch and observation.

Differences

  • Physiotherapists in Loughton work in a wide variety of health settings such as: intensive care, mental illness, stroke recovery, occupational health

  • Osteopaths treat a broader range of functional problems

  • Physiotherapists frequently rely on more diagnostic procedures such as X-rays, MRI scans, blood tests and urine tests, whereas Osteopaths place more emphasis on physical examination, neurological testing and orthopaedic testing to help form their diagnosis and will generally refer patients on for more diagnostic procedures if required.

  • Osteopaths tend to use a greater variety of techniques to influence the body’s own innate healing system such as muscle and soft tissue work, joint articulation and manipulation, whereas many Physiotherapists mainly use less hands on techniques and are more focussed on exercise prescription.​

  • Osteopaths generally spend more time with their patients per visit as their approach is broader and treatments tend to be spaced out over a longer period of time.

If you'd like to find out more about Osteopathy, please check out our blogs on 'What is Osteopathy?' & 'What do Osteopaths Treat?'

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