Although the terms osteopath and chiropractor are often used interchangeably, there are distinct differences.
Line of Study
A chiropractor is a trained practitioner specializing in the alignment of the spine. On the other hand, an osteopath, or a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O) is a medical doctor whose study focuses on the musculoskeletal system.
Osteopaths and chiropractors both perform diagnosis by visual inspection and palpation (feeling by hand).
Chiropractic is a safe, natural, drug free and effective method of health care. Chiropractors go along with the saying “prevention is better than cure”. They want to make sure your body is working optimally to prevent any “disease”.
Osteopaths treat the symptoms; it is a system of manual medicine working with the body’s essential capacity to heal itself.
The Treatment Objective
An Osteopath’s goal is to treat functional disorders such as that of the respiratory or digestive systems. Osteopathic treatment involves a wide range of techniques aimed at improving movement, normalizing muscle tone, reducing pain and increasing a person’s function.
On the other hand, there are specifically trained chiropractors called “therapeutic chiropractors” who do that as well. “Straight chiropractors” treat aches and pains. Chiropractors focus on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and the nerves). Their goal is to detect and correct of abnormal spinal movement and position (termed as subluxation).
The Treatment Techniques
Chiropractors employ a wide range of techniques for manipulating the spine. After thorough examination and analysis, chiropractors use carefully controlled and directed pressure (adjustments) to restore proper spinal function to help reduce interference to the vital nervous system. Chiropractors also give equal importance to nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle factors on overall health and will often advise on paying special attention to such factors.
Osteopaths use techniques such as stretching, pressure and mobilization. They are also trained in cranial osteopathy or cranio sacral therapy, which involves very subtle and gentle adjustments without any “clicking” of the joints. These techniques are seldom used by chiropractors. Yet another difference, between the two specialists is that osteopaths do not “click back” a joint the way chiropractors do.
Both Chiropractic and Osteopath care has its own benefits and aim to help you live a pain-free life.
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