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Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?

Osteolife | August 13, 2020 | Education

Difference Between Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?


It’s common for people to ask about the differences between osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy.

After all, the three practices do share some similarities. However, people choose each of these treatment options for different reasons, so it’s helpful to understand what sets them each apart.


 Understanding osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy 



Osteopaths focus on how all components of the body work together as a holistic unit. Because of this whole-body view, osteopathic treatments are centered on direct and indirect techniques. Courses of treatment vary depending on the osteopath’s style. Some osteopaths may use indirect treatment using gentle approaches like cranial osteopathy and/or biodynamic osteopathy while others may use indirect techniques like soft tissue release, joints adjustment to name a few. Osteopaths treat a wide variety of conditions that range from chronic to acute.



Chiropractors are practitioners that manipulate joints to help restore and maintain movement throughout the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic is generally used to ease a variety of aches and pains throughout the back and neck, but sometimes people will see chiropractors for aches in other parts of the body. People often visit chiropractors because they have chronic discomfort or because they need hands-on help following an accident or injury.



Physiotherapy is designed to restore and maintain a person’s mobility. Physiotherapists use movement, exercise and hands-on techniques to help people whose movements are limited because of accidents or health conditions. The point of physiotherapy is to help people stay independent and to build their strength up through targeted exercises. People use physiotherapy for a variety of reasons, such as recovering from sports injuries or preparing for childbirth.


 The OsteoLife Approach


At OsteoLife, our osteopathic practitioners focus on a gentle whole-body approach that’s personalised the needs of our client. The focus on finding the cause of the condition rather than working on the symptoms.

We offer an experience that helps empower our client to better connect and understand their body so they can continue to manage their condition beyond their visit to our clinic. We also emphasis the need for our client to participate in their recovery to prevent recurrence of their condition and maintain an overall wellbeing.


Case Study: Severe chronic back pain

Many of us have experienced the debilitating effects of lower back pain. It often starts out as a severe aching or stabbing pain, brought on by lifting or carrying a heavy object, playing sport or making a sudden movement.

One of our clients was suffering severe chronic lower back pain, which began two years previously, but had reached the point where she could hardly stand or walk.

She was also experiencing muscle spasms and nerve pain down her leg, which was affecting her daily routines, such as swimming and walking to work.

In our consultations, we focused on identifying the root causes of the back pain by, understanding her history and assessing her current condition.

We then developed a treatment plan which included a range of gentle osteopathic manipulation techniques, daily exercises to perform at home, and advice on posture and how to avoid aggravating factors.

After two sessions, our client said she was largely free from pain and felt that her back was properly aligned, which meant she could enjoy exercise and walking again.


Osteopathic methodology 

Our methodology at OsteoLife is designed to maximise your comfort and help alleviate symptoms of discomfort. The goal is to improve your well-being, reinforce recovery and empower you to feel your best. At our practice we:

  • Listen to what you have to say about your condition.
  • Uncover the underlying cause of your health problem.
  • Remove the symptoms to alleviate your pain.
  • Offer you ways to participate in your recovery.
  • Suggest a care plan to help you return to your daily activities.
  • Reinforce the importance of self-management in association with your treatment plan.
  • Provide advice when appropriate and regular exercises that are tailored for you.
  • Stress the importance of a balanced diet and strong body awareness.


Do you want to experience the OsteoLife approaches?

Schedule our Covid-19 Wellness package deal today, to learn more contact us at info@osteolife.com.au





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