Osteopathy is a first contact primary healthcare profession; it is a system of diagnosis and treatment.
An osteopath is a highly trained therapist that will be able to treat a wide range of conditions: back/neck pain, headaches, breathing issues, digestive problems, treatment of infants ……
Osteopaths are very efficient for pain management treatment and will be able to improve the range of motion and decrease the pain quickly after the first treatment in most cases.
Sport osteopathy will provide help to handle joint pain and injury, it will enhance body’s recovery. Most importantly it has an important role on injury prevention by finding, treating imbalances, dysfunctions that will lead to pain or injury.
The difference with a physiotherapist: a physiotherapist is more adapted for long process therapies such as rehabilitation after a surgery or trauma. The physiotherapist will focus on the muscular system by releasing it or strengthen it through exercise.
The difference with a chiropractor: an osteopath is concerned by a global approach of the body looking for the root(s) of the issue(s) and will be able to work on different systems: muscular, joints, fasciae, digestive, cranial …, while a chiropractor will focus on the spine and joints.