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Should I see an Osteopath or a Chiropractor?

Nov 22, 2022 | Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors and Osteopaths are both primary healthcare practitioners. We both work with the body to help alleviate stress and dysfunction that has built up either over time, or suddenly causing pain/discomfort. We can also assist with other general health concerns.

The difference between both professions is the way we practice, and the way we treat/adjust. 

What does a Chiropractor do? 

Chiropractors have a strong focus your spine and nervous system (brain and body connection) we want your nervous system to be functioning optimally because every other system in your body relies on your nervous system to work.
Your brain sends messages down the spine and out to the body, via your nerves – this constant communication is vital and is what keeps us alive and thriving. 

For instance – your nervous system controls your movement, your heartbeat, your digestion, your breathing, your perception of pain/discomfort and so much more. In fact, everything you can think of in your body is connected and controlled by your nervous system.

By focusing on your spinal health and overall structure we can positively influence your nervous system to perform better, therefore improving things like pain/discomfort, and overall health and wellbeing.
We want to make sure your spine is moving and functioning as it should, so that we can reduce the stress on your nervous system. We’re looking at the bigger picture here and trying to find the ROOT cause of your problem. Once we figure out where your problem is coming from we can then work towards healing and prevention of further exacerbation. 

Chiropractors can use a range of different techniques to help restore movement and function back to the spine, these include hands on techniques such as manual adjustments (where you may hear clicks and pop), and low force adjustments.  

What do Osteopaths do?

Osteopaths have a strong focus on your muscles, ligaments and tendons. They look for imbalances such as tightness or weakness, strength, and overuse.
Like Chiropractors they also have a hands-on approach to treatment – they use massage, general joint manipulation, stretching techniques and some even utilise cupping and needling. 

Who will help me?

It depends on where your problem is coming from. Is it a spine and nervous system issue or is it simply a muscle issue? That’s something you will find out when you book an initial consult with us at Avia Chiropractic.

As primary health care practitioners both Chiropractors and Osteopaths all want the same outcome for our patients which is firstly to assist with your issue, prevent reoccurrence, and to help your body function at its absolute best. We can both help you achieve these things; we just use different techniques and have different focus points. 

I don’t believe in the “one size fits all” model especially when it comes to healthcare. As human beings we are all so different, therefore what works well for somebody, may not work well for somebody else. I have found through my experience as a chiropractor that you may need different healthcare practitioners for different reasons, at different stages of your life. I’ve also found that a combination of both osteo and chiro is often quite beneficial for the patient