Osteopaths and Chiropractors both work with their patients’ entire bodies and because of this many people mix up the two professions. Chiropractic adjustments are not limited to the back. An Osteopath is more like a medical doctor, who also does physical adjustments. Some chiropractors also do acupuncture, and other types of natural treatments.
Which one shall you see? It’s up to you. It depends on the problems.
A chiropractic practitioner is a health care professional whose purpose is to diagnose and treat mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system with the intention of affecting the nervous system and improving health.
Chiropractic care is claimed to be a helpful and safe form of health care to treat pain due to spinal related conditions. Chiropractic is thought to be effective because many causes of spinal disorders are related to abnormalities of the spine and the surrounding soft tissue structures.
Osteopaths work with a patient’s whole body, not just the spinal system and joints. An osteopath will conduct a thorough exam of a patient’s entire body to diagnose the patient’s problem.
Both Chiropractors and Osteopaths use physical movements to treat pain and injuries. A Chiropractor will move the patient during a visit, placing his or her limbs in precarious positions in an effort to decrease joint and muscle pain. An Osteopath will teach a variety of poses to a patient so that he or she can continue with the therapy at home.
The good news is that both Chiropractors and Osteopaths will give you excellent care, so choosing between the two does not have to be difficult!