What's the difference between an Osteopath and a Physiotherapist?

How to choose your therapist at Guy Gold's.


We often chat to patients who are confused by the difference between Osteopaths and Physiotherapists - and fair enough. If you're wondering what the answer is, read on.


At a very simplistic level or even from an undergraduate standpoint; Osteopaths will focus more on whole body “holistic” manual therapy (hands-on treatment) and Physiotherapists will focus more on rehabilitation through exercise prescription.


It’s important to remember that Physiotherapy is a profession and not a style or mode of treatment. Equally, Osteopathy is a profession and not a mode of delivering hands on treatment. Both Osteopaths and Physiotherapists use a whole range of treatments to help their patients. It is up to us as educated professionals to decide how we define what we do.


Osteopathy is more than manual therapy, much like Physiotherapy is more than exercises.

So, when choosing who to see, how do you know what to pick?


At Guy Gold’s, it doesn’t matter. We pride ourselves on delivering the most up-to-date treatments based on relevant medical literature and research. All of our therapists are capable of treating and rehabilitating all musculoskeletal injuries.


Patient education is critical. In 2021, our professions shouldn't be dogmatic in one approach or treatment style. There needs be an open dialogue with our patients around what it is they want from treatment and what they expect. We also believe in being completely honest about what we can provide, and we’ll refer you to the best possible person if there's another kind of treatment you need. Whether you're seeing an Osteopath or a Physiotherapist at Guy Gold's, we'll take the time to talk to you, assess your needs and provide treatment tailored to you.


Put simply, a good combination of manual therapy, biomechanics education and strength & conditioning can treat most injuries and issues. If you'd like to talk to us about booking an appointment or you have questions about what we offer, feel free to get in touch. You can also take a look at our FAQ page.

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