Osteopathy – Bexhill, Hailsham, Stone Cross

To book an appointment, please call 07954 327614

What’s the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor?

Chiropractors and osteopaths share a common history and philosophy, and the main objective of both professions is to relieve pain and increase wellbeing. Both are regulated by law.

Osteopaths look at the whole body. They use a wide variety of treatment techniques, including massage, stretching, articulation, mobilisation, harmonics, muscle energy work, myofascial techniques, cranial treatment and exercise, to help relieve pain and improve wellbeing. To an osteopath, everything is interconnected, and it is important to treat the whole person, not just their symptoms.

Chiropractors believe good maintenance of the spine and nervous system will allow the body to function better. Treatment usually consists of specific adjustments, including thrust-like movements, to restore joint position and function and help the body’s nervous system. Like osteopaths. chiropractors aim to help your body help itself. Some chiropractors also work with soft tissue techniques.

Chiropractic appointments tend to be shorter (in most cases) as they primarily focus on adjustments, which are quicker to carry out. Osteopaths usually spend more time with their patients because their approach is broader and their treatments take longer. Visits to an osteopath tend to be spaced out over a period of time, whereas chiropractors tend to see patients more frequently.

It is worth noting that individual practitioners within both professions develop their own style. Some osteopaths use ‘clicking and cracking’ techniques, which are similar to those of a chiropractor. Similarly, some chiropractors use soft tissue massage techniques, like most osteopaths do. The best thing to do, if you are not sure who to visit, is to ring up and speak to the osteopath or chiropractor and ask how they work.

At Osteopathy for Wellbeing, we believe that all our patients are individuals. We will always tailor your treatment to your specific needs. For this, we can choose from a whole array of treatment techniques.

For more information about osteopathy, please click here. For more information about cranial osteopathy, please click here.

Comments are closed.