Osteopathy and Physiotherapy?

What is the difference between Osteopathy and Physiotherapy?




The osteopathic approach to health is holistc; it considers the body as a whole, and thereby seeks to identify the cause of the problem. The osteopath considers all structures in the body:

    - bones and muscles: parietal osteopathy

    - internal organs: visceral osteopathy

    - cranium, spinal cord, and nervous system: craniosacral osteopathy

The referral of the GP or a specialist is unnecessary. The osteopath treats mainly with his hands.

By contrast, physiotherapy treats symptomatically, and according to what has been prescribed by a doctor. Thus, not all structures of the body are considered. The physiotherapist often uses additional equipment and regular massage techniques.