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What is the difference between etiopathy and physical therapy or massage?


The term "Ethiopathy" is from the greek word: aïtia [cause] and pathos [illness].

Ethiopathy then is a way to put into evidence the link between symptoms presented by the patients and their mechanic causes. For the search of the cause, the etiopath proceeds by step:


  • First, he uses his basic knowledge (anatomy, physiology, logic) to analyse the symptoms presented by the patient. This acknowledgement permits him to detect the main cause of the pain and to define it.


  • Secondly, the basic mechanic of the pain being indentified, the etiopath puts into place a specific therapeutic protocol. He then realises one or many readjustements to comfort the patient.





Etiopathy and physiotherapy does not have the same function. These two cares are complementary. Indeed, physiotherapy or massage have utility symptomatic care. Etiopathy removes the main cause of the pain.


Etiopathy and physiotherapy are two different professions. These differences are characterized by two aspects: training and practice.


  • A different formation:

-An etiopath is formed in one of the four establishments of etiopathy in France (Paris, Rennes, Toulouse, Lyon) by International Etiopathic Institute (i.e IIE in french). Every professional follows a formation of 6 years. The term defined by the IIE associates a theoric and practic study. During the six years of course the students will be on practical course with professionnals and in etiopathic clinic. To complete the formation, the students in the 6th year work and assure the guard of the partner hospital urgencies.


-A physical therapist is formed within the physiotherapy schools. His training lasts three years or less depending on the school where he studied. Teaching is different from general practice medical, limited to muscles and joints.


  • A different healing approach :

-The etiopathy focuse more on the symptoms of the patients and establish links of casualty based on anatomic notions, physiologic and clinic's. In etiopathy, the main step is the research of the cause and the manipulation with readjustement is the finality. The care is only mechanic. The practician should retablish a correct mobility of the articular system.

-The masso-physiotherapists provide extensive care of post-operative rehabilitations, post-traumatic, perineal. For the rehabilitation of movements (physio in greek word means [move]). They use machines for muscles to minimize muscle atrophy, reinforce what has been lost.


The etiopathy emerges through its rigorous reasoning and homogenization of the  international profession.




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