What is the difference between Osteopathy, Myotherapy & Physiotherapy?

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Inform Physio would like to welcome Osteopath Sonja Galenson to our team.

Sonya will be consulting on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons until the end of the year. Her consulting times will increase in 2017 to include some evening sessions. Learn more about Sonya on our Staff Page.

Now that Inform is offering Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Myotherapy, many of you will be wondering what the difference is between the services, and who should I see if I have a health concern?

This is a question we therapists are regularly asked. We would like to explore each therapy and help you decide which one is best suited to help your needs.


Physiotherapists provide treatment for people suffering from physical problems arising from injury, disease, illness and ageing. Their aim is to improve a person's quality of life by using a variety of treatments to alleviate pain and restore function or, in the case of permanent injury or disease, to lessen the effects of any dysfunction.

Physiotherapists use manual techniques such as joint mobilisation and manipulation, soft tissue work, electrotherapy including TENS, laser therapy and ultrasound, exercise prescription, and education to treat their patients.

Physiotherapists work in hospitals and private practice.

In Australia, Physiotherapists require the completion of a 4 year undergraduate University degree to register with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). Further education into specific areas of interest includes the completion of a PhD, Masters, Post graduate certificates, continuing education courses and conferences.  A minimum number of continued professional development points are required to be completed each year to maintain registration.


Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.

Osteopaths work in private practice.

In Australia Osteopaths require the completion of a 5 year University degree to register with AHPRA. Further professional development is available through PhD, Masters and professional development courses.  A minimum number of continued professional development points are required to be completed each year to maintain registration.


Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, which may cause muscular dysfunction and pain thus affecting movement and mobility

Myotherapists primarly use massage as their main tool however, they also have skills and knowledge to apply a wide variety of other techniques including dry needling or trigger point therapy and myofascial release.

Myotherapists work in private practice.

In order to become certified a Myotherapist must have an advanced diploma or a 3 year Bachelor of Health Science degree in Myotherapy.

Once the fundamental differences between the three medical professions are understood, we suggest you select an individual practitioner who has a particular area of interest and qualifications for your specific area of concern. At Inform we have Pelvic floor and Continence Physiotherapists, Manipulative Physiotherapists, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists and Osteopath, a Myotherapist, Pilates trained Physiotherapists, and a Pilates trained Neurological Physiotherapist.

For more information on the most suitable therapist for your condition feel free to visit our staff profiles or contact Reception on 9481 6312.