Working Together: Osteopathy & Massage Therapy

Working Together: Osteopathy & Massage Therapy

People often ask “What is the difference between Osteopathy & Massage Therapy?” It’s a valid question. However, the two have more similarities than differences.

Massage therapy is a manual therapy dedicated to the soft tissues, muscles & joints of the body. This can involve all sorts of various techniques & styles of treatment, including the absence of massage lotion. RMTs with further training through continuing education courses are able to learn aspects of cranial-sacral therapy & visceral/organ manipulation, as well as further their skills in fascial work.

Osteopathy is also a manual therapy involving treatment of the soft tissue, muscles & joints of the body, cranial-sacral work, visceral manipulation, & fascial work. However, these are all learned within the framework of the Osteopathy program rather than solely in continuing ed courses. However, once graduated, an Osteopathic Practitioner will take courses in order to further their skills in all of these areas and more.

The main differences between Osteopathy & Massage Therapy is an Osteopathic Practitioner is trained to consider the patient & their complaint on all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually. Thus, an Osteopathic treatment encompasses a more global approach, treats the body from head to toe, assesses all systems of the body, & takes into consideration the environment in which the patient has been living. Whereas an RMT typically stays local to the area of complaint & only focuses on the muscles & soft tissue of the body. In addition, an Osteopathic Practitioner will have training in a previous field, such as Massage Therapy, and are then able to use the skills from that training & apply them in the treatments they provide. The patient then gains the benefit of BOTH sets of skills & knowledge from one practitioner!!! 

And the best part is Osteopathy & Massage Therapy are covered by the majority of extended health benefits!

If you haven’t yet experienced the phenomenon that is Osteopathy, book your appointment with our Osteopathic Practitioner/RMT, Candace Kakowchyk, today to find out how these two therapies work together!