What are the differences between Osteopaths and Chiropractors?

I get asked this question on a daily basis in clinic and the answer is really simple. Osteopaths are better!

Oh c’mon this is my blog let me be cheeky and massively biased!

Ok lets be professional.

Truthfully we are very similar, our techniques are similar, our ethos is similar and our outcomes are similar. Our commitment to our patients is the same. We want to get you better and moving again. We are pretty much two different apples from the same tree. Our history stems right back to the mid 1800’s where two doctors studied the physical function of the body and the resultant effect of the physiology on the body.

SO what is the difference? In the present, our approach is different. Small things like how we assess, the additional tools we use, chiropractors love their gadgets, but equally some osteopaths do to. Some chiropractors can take x-rays osteopaths generally are not trained or insured to do so. Chiropractors tend to have shorter appointments and focus primarily on the spine whereas osteopaths look at the body as a whole to ascertain the root cause of the complaint and treat accordingly, using an array of hands on techniques from soft tissue to manipulation.

Some people prefer chiropractic treatment and the majority (*snigger*) prefer Osteopathic treatment. Either way we are wonderful caring people, who are regulated and trained to a high standard. I know my governing body regulate us regularly and I’m pretty sure the same is the case for chiropractors.

But if you are reading this, then clearly osteopathy is the best treatment of choice as this osteopath goes above and beyond to connect, inform and help her patients!

Seriously, to call yourself an osteopath or a chiropractor in the UK you have to be registered. My governing body is the General Osteopathic Council, if in doubt check your therapist out!

I hope this has helped to shed light on this universal question. If you have any more questions call your Osteopath, Your Osteopath will help you, Osteopath’s are MARVELLOUS – oh for goodness sake, I’ve slid way past the silly line now!

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