At RRMG, we advocate a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to client care, for this reason we offer two type of physical rehabilitation, osteopathy and physiotherapy. You may see both a physiotherapist and osteopath. In addition, you may be referred to one of our doctors and other specialists, if we feel this the most effective way to get you pain-free and back to doing the activities you love most.
Osteopathy and Physiotherapy are very similar concepts. Both are manual therapies that treat musculoskeletal problems with the aim of improving mobility, reducing pain and improving quality of life. ‘Musculoskeletal’ refers to muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and fascia. Both Physiotherapists and Osteopaths examine, diagnose, form management protocols and treat musculoskeletal problems by looking at the function of your body as a whole. Both undertake years of training in anatomy, physiology and pathology. Both use techniques such as palpation, mobilisation and manipulation of joints, electrotherapy and acupuncture.
While there are few differences between the two approaches, the main one is that Osteopathic treatments focuses more on hands-on therapy while Physiotherapy focuses more on rehabilitative exercises.
Osteopathy is defined as a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
— General Osteopathic Council
Physiotherapy is defined as the treatment of ‘injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.’
— Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Osteopaths are most commonly known for treating back pain, but osteopathy considers total body healthcare and focusses on strengthening the musculoskeletal system to better support and protect your body. We provides evidence based osteopathy treatment for chronic and acute pain.
The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) states: “Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together
Osteopaths consider not only the muscles, but the skeleton, ligaments and connective tissues. They are hands-on and use manual therapy to treat patients – often a combination of physical manipulation, mobilising joints, stretching and massaging. Osteopathy treatment may also involve exercises, and other treatment techniques.
Additional treatments to assist with recovery are Extra-corporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and Laser Therapy
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Physiotherapists are experts in the structure of the human body and its movement. They aim to assess, treat and prevent the impact of injury, disease and disorders in movement and function. They listen to your needs to tailor an assessment and treatment specific to you. Physiotherapists often work alongside doctors and other health professionals as part of a team to plan and manage your treatment. Our physiotherapists are registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
What is Physiotherapy
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) describes physiotherapy as ‘the treatment of injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.’
What do Physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists assess, diagnose and treat to help you to reduce pain and stiffness, increase mobility, recover from injury and prevent further injury. They use a number of treatment modalities including hands-on mobilisation, massage, electrotherapy, acupuncture, exercise rehabilitation and education. As first contact practitioners, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist.
What do Physiotherapists treat?
At RRMG our physiotherapists are Musculoskeletal and Women’s health experts.
Musculoskeletal therapy is used to treat conditions such as back pain, headaches, sprains and strains, sports and workplace injuries, arthritis, postural problems and post-op rehabilitation amongst other things.
Women’s health therapy is used to treat urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, complex pelvic pain, pre and postnatal care and breast cancer care.