What is the difference between osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists?
Chiro & osteo:
Osteopathic principles and concepts were discovered and developed by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, when he realised that traditional medicine did not offer a solution to all the health problems he had seen. One of his first students was Dr Palmer, who didn’t agree with all of Still's teachings and went on to found the first school of Chiropractic.
Both osteopathy and classic chiropractic treat the musculoskeletal system i.e. joints, muscles , tendons etc. However osteopathy deals not only with the musculoskeletal system but also with the visceral and craniosacral systems of the body, which offers a broader approach to patients.
Chiropractors believe that most problems within the body are caused by changes within the spine because all of the nerves which supply the body originate from the spine. Chiropractic care mainly involves treatment by manipulation to the joints of the spine or other areas of the body. Most often, this involves a short impulse to the joint, often resulting in an audible “pop” as the joint is released. Chiropractors call this an “adjustment”.
Both chiropractic and osteopathy provide treatment and support for many types of pain management and injuries. Practitioners can also provide advice on exercise, diet, lifestyle and injury prevention.
Physio & osteo:
Physiotherapy focuses on rehabilitation and tends towards using specific strengthening and stabilising exercises to overcome a problem. Osteopathy has a complete and unique concept, which makes it completely independent of physiotherapy and manual therapy. Osteopathy takes a holistic view of the human being which means that the anatomy (or the mechanics), the visceral system (the organs and intestines) and the cranio-sacral system (the neuro-endocrine system) at the centre.