What’s the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor

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  • February 24, 2020

A common goal

Which should you choose, a chiropractor or an osteopath? Rather than answer that directly, we will try and outline how they differ. And then you can decide which best suits your tastes.

Without a doubt, both have a place. Also, they share a common goal. To get you out of pain. But what are some of the differences between the two? Let’s take a look.

Chiropractor or Osteopath

Chiropractor or Osteopath

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor believes that the function of the spine is pivotal to your health. In particular, they believe that by manipulating the spine, they can help you out of pain.

They also believe, that provided the spine is properly aligned, the body can start to heal itself. And clearly, because the spine houses the central nervous system, it makes sense that it should play a prominent role in your well being.

In fact, the central nervous system is the channel through which signals are sent throughout the body. In essence, by keeping this channel clear the body can work optimally. And in turn, can restore itself to good health.

In addition, proper spinal alignment is essential for good posture. So a fully functional spine helps in two regards. It helps bolster both your neurological and your musculoskeletal system.

And the practice has a long history. It dates back to the late 19th Century. It’s continued use gives it a certain amount of credence. It is a licensed profession. However, Chiropractors are not medically trained.

What does an osteopath do?

An osteopath takes a more global view of the body. They believe that all body systems are inter-related. Moreover, they assert that these different body systems are dependent on each other for good health. In essence, they take a more holistic approach to your wellbeing.

The stem of the word ‘osteo’ means ‘relating to the bones’. At the heart of the treatment is a belief that by manipulating the structure of the body (the bones), your osteopath can help to restore your body’s proper function.

Osteopathy also has a long history. It too dates back to the late 19th Century. For many years, the practice was considered to be very much out of the mainstream. But more recently it has achieved greater recognition. In fact, it gained formal recognition from parliament in 1993 through the Osteopaths Act.

The practice is now highly regulated too. Individual practitioners are well trained and are governed by the General Osteopathic Council within the UK.

In conclusion

Both practices are considered to be manual therapies. And both have an excellent reputation for helping to deal with issues of chronic pain. In particular, issues such as back, neck or other joint pain.

If anything, Osteopathy is broader in scope. That’s because it takes into account the body as an integrated unit. As such, it is able to tackle a wider range of conditions.

Both forms of treatment have value. And to a certain extent, it depends on individual tastes as to which you would prefer.

However, at Perea Clinic we lean towards a more integrated approach toward therapy. For more information on our approach to treatment, contact us. We will be happy to help.





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