How is Osteopathy different from Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists work similarly to Osteopaths, but their emphasis lies in addressing muscular imbalance through exercise prescription. The emphasis a Physiotherapist places on treatment depends on the individual physiotherapist. HSE Physio’s tend to work a lot more with exercise prescription due to time constraints, whereas private Physio’s work with a lot more ‘hands-on’ techniques.

How is Osteopathy different from Chiropractic?

The fundamental philosophy behind Chiropractic is that all disease within the body has its origin within restrictions of the spine, preventing correct neurological and circulatory supply to the organs and muscles of the body. Chiropractors therefore work to release restrictions found within the joints of the spine, hence all the ‘cracking’.

Osteopaths work to release the restrictions within the joints of the body but also work very much with muscles and ligaments, addressing the influence that these tissue dysfunctions / tightness / imbalances can have on the functioning of joints. They work closely with exercise prescription with the aim of ensuring permanent relief from pain wherever possible.

Osteopaths believe that treatment alone is not enough to correct a problem within the body; the patient must maintain the effects of treatment through self-management techniques.

What age ranges can Osteopathy treat?

This type of treatment is suitable for everyone, from new-born babies to the very elderly. Osteopathy is an extremely gentle form of treatment.

Can I claim for my Osteopathic treatment on my medical insurance?

Yes, you can claim money back from your health insurer. However, it depends on the terms of your insurance plan as to how much you can claim.  Health insurance companies keep a register of qualified and registered osteopaths. Cherisse Gavin is registered with the Osteopathy Council of Ireland.