Is Physiotherapy or Osteopathy the right treatment path for you?

Physiotherapy or osteotherapy treatment path

At this time of year we are often running on empty after a busy year juggling work, family and other commitments.  We are prone to more illnesses and accept when the colds and flu season comes by, like an uninvited guest, making their annual visit.

Along with the darker nights and colder days our bodies start to feel the niggles and twinges and that tiredness begins to take hold.  This can lead to more injuries and minor accidents.

We know what to do when the uninvited cold virus knocks on our door, but do we know who to turn to when our body shows signs of injury?

Hopefully this will help you decide whether you need to see a physiotherapist or an osteopath.

Physiotherapy aims to help restore function and movement following an injury, recent surgery, or because of lifestyle demands and bad postural habits.

Physiotherapists  assess the body as a whole.Treatment may include exercise, massage, ultrasound, acupuncture and splints. They will also recommend exercises for you to do at home in order to strengthen muscle and manage pain as part of a long-term treatment plan.

If you suffer from any of the following health issues a physiotherapist may be able to help you:

  • Back pain
  • Sports Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Stroke
  • MS

Osteopaths focus on moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints to treat and prevent musculoskeletal problems. Focussing more on the body’s soft tissue, utilising techniques such as myofascial release, cranio sacral release, and facilitated positional release, as well as acupuncture.

Osteopathy works to improve or restore the normal physiological function of the body’s interconnected structures and systems. So if you suffer with a headache for example, you may have your jaw adjusted, or if you have a problem with your shoulder you may have your spine looked at. Everything is interrelated.

A visit to see an osteopath might be just what you need If you are suffering from one of the following:

  • Neck & Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Migraines & Headaches
  • RSI
  • Foot & Heel pain
  • Shin splints

Still undecided? Ask yourself the following questions:

Are you suffering from muscular or skeletal pain? Did you acquire an injury or are you trying to manage pain?

If you suffer from any of the above conditions or are wanting further advice, our health practitioners will help. We offer free 30 minute consultations so you can talk through your health problem with them and they can come up with a treatment plan that is right for you.