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Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. Diagnosing and treating conditions using these techniques is called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).
An osteopath will focus on the joints, muscles, and spine. Treatment aims to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. They do not concentrate only on the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the body systems, and to provide overall good health and wellbeing. Osteopathy takes a holistic, whole-body approach to healthcare.
Difference between Osteopathy and physiotherapy:
Both osteopathy and physiotherapy treat musculoskeletal pain and use hands-on treatments. … Conversely, physiotherapy is more closely aligned with traditional Western medicine. The focus is more on the problem area presented and treatment is specific to that area, rather than the whole body.
There are a few key differences between Osteopathy and Chiropractic treatment. The most predominant difference is that Chiropractors will focus mainly on the spine whereas Osteopaths take a more holistic approach and concentrate on the whole body. … Chiropractors are also the more ‘joint focused’ of the two professions.