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:
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.