What is Chiropractic and Osteopathy?
Chiropractic and Osteopathy have quite different historical backgrounds, but in recent years have moved closer together and now share many common treatment techniques to achieve the same outcomes.
According to the General Chiropractic Council – Chiropractic is defined as….
“Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones and muscles that support the body (the ‘musculoskeletal system’).
Problems with the bones and muscles in the body can be caused by accidents, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and everyday wear and tear. This causes pressure on the nerves in the body.
Chiropractic treatment involves the chiropractor manipulating parts of your spine or joints to remedy these problems. Manipulation involves the precise handling or movement of joints or parts of the spine, sometimes further than they normally move.
A chiropractor may also give you advice on exercise, self-help, diet and lifestyle, and some may also offer rehabilitation programmes. “
The General Osteopathic Council define Osteopathy as …..
“Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders.
Your osteopath will give you a clear explanation of what they find (their diagnosis) and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you. They will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment they are recommending. It is important to understand and agree what the treatment can achieve, and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable improvement in how you feel.
Treatment is hands-on and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints, and massage of soft tissues. Your osteopath will explain what they are doing and will always ask your permission to treat you (known as consent). Ask questions at any time if you are unsure what you have been told or if you have any concerns.
Self-help measures and advice on exercise may be offered to assist your recovery, prevent recurrence or worsening of symptoms.”
The centre has both professions working along side each other in very similar ways giving us the benefit of cross referral of clients to access alternative treatment styles.
The British Chiropractic Association also have a brief video explaining Chiropractic.