What’s the difference between physiotherapy and osteopathy?

In the world of healthcare, the terms physiotherapy and osteopathy are often used indiscriminately and, while they may sound similar, they represent different approaches to promoting health and well-being.


Physiotherapy is usually recommended for those who are affected by injury, disability, or illness and is carried out through a range of movements and exercises.

Physiotherapists assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal, neurological, and respiratory systems. The primary goal of physiotherapy is to enhance mobility, reduce pain, and improve overall quality of life.


Osteopathy on the other hand is a holistic healthcare approach that focuses on the body’s structure and function.

Osteopaths use physical manipulation, massage and stretching to relieve muscle tension, increase joint mobility, and enhance the blood and nerve supply.

Osteopathic treatment involves manual techniques to help the body’s healing mechanisms and promote overall health.

Which one do I need?

Both physiotherapy and osteopathy play vital roles in helping individuals overcome pain and improve their quality of life. Physiotherapy tends to be stricter in terms of movements, with a focus on targeted exercises.

Osteopathic treatment is often more holistic, incorporating a range of techniques to address structural imbalances throughout the body.

Whether you choose physiotherapy or osteopathy may depend on the nature of your condition and the treatment approach that resonates with you but both treatments can be extremely beneficial for those who are suffering from aches and pains.

At The Oast, we offer a wide range of treatments including osteopathy, sports massages, yoga, and Pilates, all designed to help you live a life without pain. Our qualified practitioners have years of experience helping patients young and old to understand their pain and develop a self-management plan that gives them back the freedom to live their best life.

Book an appointment with us today at one of our centres in Sittingbourne or Sheppey and let us help you get you moving again.