If you suffer from back, joint or ligament problems it can be difficult to decide which type of therapy would be most suitable for your problem. There can be a dilemma in choosing between chiropractic and osteopathy. It can be confusing to actually understand what the difference is between the two!
Whilst it can seem difficult to distinguish between chiropractic and osteopathy, there are subtle but important differences. Below we’ve listed some similarities and differences that might help you make a more informed treatment choice
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN OSTEOPATHY AND CHIROPRACTIC
To achieve the end goal of pain relief
To try and achieve a reduction in pain and/or a return to function with non-surgical and non-pharmacological methods
The use of orthopaedic and neurological testing to try and elicit the root cause of the presenting problem.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OSTEOPATHY AND CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic concentrates (but not exclusively) on the spinal column. The aim is to correct spinal alignment to prevent damage to the nervous system (which can present as pain or impaired function).
Osteopaths work in a more holistic way, aiming to improve the overall function, comfort and performance of the body. This generally means they treat less concentrated areas to achieve pain relief
Chiropractors are more likely to confirm diagnoses by the use of imaging, using X-rays or MRI when deemed necessary
Chiropractors specialise in manipulating the vertebrae in the spinal column, while osteopathy therapy includes more muscle and tissue massaging (although these techniques are also used by chiropractors)
Chiropractors plan of treatment often suggests shorter more frequent appointments to achieve goals with a follow up of less frequent maintenance sessions. Osteopaths may practice longer sessions that have longer spacing in between the two
WHICH SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO TREAT YOUR PAIN?
The simple answer is that both chiropractors and osteopaths are fully-trained and fully-qualified specialists in many different kinds of joint and muscular injuries and complaints. It is important to research and understand which kind of treatment you feel works best for you, and then source a trustworthy, competent professional in that field. Above all, you should find someone who is client focussed, listens to your needs and takes your wishes into account to formulate an appropriate method of treatment.
From a chiropractic viewpoint, it is important to be sure that your practitioner is adequately qualified. One can only practice as a chiropractor if the correct intensive training programme has been achieved and if you are registered with the appropriate governing bodies. Here at the Back Room Chiropractic Clinic, Ben is a member of the British Chiropractic Association and adheres to the codes of conduct set out by the General Chiropractic Council. .
If you have any queries about your decision on treatment do not hesitate to contact us at the clinic