Pain in the back and in the body… Physiotherapist or osteopath?

Do more physical activity than normal, make an uncontrolled movement or suffer trauma after an accident; so many reasons that can be the cause of pain in the back and in the body.

However, what is the best way to treat these pains? Which health professional to choose? Between the physiotherapist and the osteopath, which is preferable?

Back pain! Between physiotherapist or osteopath, which is left to choose?

Also called a Kinesiologist, the Physiotherapist focuses more on rehabilitation work. After a fracture, in a damaged body, in muscles or joints (sprain, strain), it helps to considerably reduce pain through massage sessions. It is also called “therapeutic massage”. “.

On the other hand, the work of the osteopath is much broader! His action is articulated over the entire body. For example, the osteopath palpates the body as a whole in order to see the sensitive parts, subject to tension or imbalance. It will go further, this health professional will try to detect other diseases or other possible inconveniences at the same time.

Therefore, if you have a clear idea about the real and known cause, as is the case with the aftermath of an accident, the best thing to do at that time is to go to a physiotherapist who will have the appropriate advice on the type of massage or exercise. Apply. On the contrary, if the origin is not known, the osteopath will take the time to review all the parts of the body that may be of interest to detect the pain and find the solution.

Physiotherapy is in the paramedical field, while osteopath is part of non-conventional medicine.

And despite this consideration, osteopathy allows, with work on all parts of the patient’s body, to alleviate certain diseases such as depression, intestinal disorders such as heartburn, constipation, etc. For the osteopath, three sessions may be widely enough to remedy the initial problem, unlike the physiotherapist who has a minimum of 10 sessions.

Therefore, it is interesting to specify that the work of the osteopath and that of the physiotherapist is complementary.

The following lines will give us an overview of the cases in which an osteopath and a physiotherapist should be sought.

When should an osteopath be consulted?

If you find yourself on the following list, it is because you should surely consult an osteopath instead of a physical therapist:

  • Restore sleep disorders.
  • Cures and prevents stress, anxiety.
  • Improve digestive or gastric problems (bloating, constipation).
  • Improve your blood circulation.
  • Cure skeletal problems.

There is in certain situations to consult an osteopath and a physiotherapist at the same time.

When should you consult a physical therapist?

A physical therapist may be consulted for the following reasons:

  • Heal and relieve muscle or joint problems (back pain, torticollis, sciatica, sprains, low back pain).
  • Accident at home or at work.
  • Manage the musculoskeletal system.
  • Improve mobility disorders.
  • Improve breathing difficulties.
  • Recover from the consequences of surgery.

What is teleconsultation?

In addition, it is good to point out the advances in science where physiotherapy sessions in teleconsultation stand out.

This teleconsultation aims to save you time, but also avoid significant energy expenditure. Because constantly going to the physiotherapist’s office has several conditioning factors, however, it is a session that requires a lot of adaptation and organization.

Its main purpose is to check your mobility after the consequences suffered, but also to see your stretching capacity. In the end, muscle strengthening sessions are prescribed in the form of a medical prescription; Exercises that should always be practiced at home.

* Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE, the information provided can not replace the advice of a health professional.

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