Manual Osteopathy Treatment vs Chiropractor and Massage

Manual Osteopathy is a system of medicine that focuses on the musculoskeletal system.

Manual Osteopath practitioners believe that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. They work to help patients regain and maintain their health by using a combination of hands-on techniques and traditional medical treatments.

Osteopathic medicine is based on the premise that the body is a unit and that all its parts are interconnected. Osteopathic manipulative treatment is a hands-on approach to diagnosing and treating illness and/or injury.

Osteopathy vs Massage

For example, if you have a headache, they may look for restrictions
in your neck and upper back. Or, if you have a stomach ache, they
may check for restrictions in your lower back and pelvis.

What can Manual Osteopathy treat?

Osteopathy can be used to treat conditions such as:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain

These are just some of the many conditions that osteopathy can effectively treat. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, or any other condition that is causing you pain or discomfort, manual osteopathy may be able to help. Contact our studio for more information.


Who should have Manual Osteopathy Treatments?

Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages with a wide range of conditions. It is particularly effective in treating musculoskeletal problems, such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches. It can also help relieve stress and tension, improve circulation, and boost overall health and well-being.

When considering Osteopathy treatments, it is important to find a qualified and experienced practitioner. Manual Osteopathy is a regulated health profession in Canada.  This means that practitioners must meet certain standards of education and training in order to be licensed to practice.


What’s the difference between Manual Osteopath and a Chiropractor?

There is often confusion regarding the difference between Manual Osteopaths and chiropractors. Both are healthcare providers who focus on treating musculoskeletal problems, but there are some key distinctions between the two.

Osteopaths are trained in a wider range of medical techniques than chiropractors. This means that they can offer a more comprehensive approach to treatment. In addition, osteopaths take a holistic view of health and well-being, while chiropractors focus primarily on the spine and nervous system.

Another key difference is that osteopaths use gentle manipulative techniques, while chiropractors may use more forceful methods. Osteopathic treatment is also generally longer in duration than chiropractic care.


Manual Osteopathy vs. Massage: What’s the difference?

There is a big difference between massage and osteopathic manipulation. Massage is mostly the rubbing and kneading of muscles and tissues to produce relaxation. Osteopathic manipulative therapy, on the other hand, is a hands-on approach that uses the practitioner’s full body to treat patients.


Massage therapy

Is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of applying pressure and moving or manipulating the body with the hands

The benefits of massage therapy are many, and it is a great way to relax and rejuvenate your body. Massage can help to reduce stress, tension headaches, muscle aches, and pain, and improve circulation, range of motion, and flexibility. It can also help to improve sleep quality and immune function.

To learn more about the differences between massage and osteopathic manipulative therapy, call our Calgary studio today. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you decide which type of treatment is right for you.