When and why should you visit a Physiotherapist vs Osteopath

Kennington Osteopaths

Physiotherapy and Osteopathy – When? Why? Which?

We’re often asked what’s the best treatment for various ailments and find there can be some confusion as to whether Physio or Osteo is the best way forward. Either therapy can be used in some cases but there are subtle differences. Here’s a quick checklist to decipher which treatment is best for you although feel free to get in touch to discuss your needs with one of our brilliant therapists.

4 Reasons to see either / or a Physiotherapist or Osteopath:

When and why should you visit a Physio vs Osteo


  1. lower back pain with or without sciatic pain
  2. neck and shoulder pain
  3. headache
  4. sports and accidental injury

4 Reasons to see an Osteopath:

  1. visceral osteopathy for abdominal or pelvic organ problems
  2. cranio-sacral osteopathy for the management of head, face and pelvic floor problems
  3. palpation led myofascial release
  4. biopsychosocial led diagnosis

4 Reasons to see a Physiotherapist:

When and why should you visit a Physiotherapist vs Osteopath


  1. post-operative rehab
  2. functional movement training
  3. scar and deep tissue release
  4. lymphatic drainage




If you’re not sure whether we can help, please give us a call on 020 7735 6813 or email info@kenningtonosteopaths.co.uk