We often hear the question from new patients calling into the clinic: What’s the difference between chiropractic and Osteopathy?
People are unsure of where to go or who to see for their specific ailment, whether it is lower back pain, a headache, or some musculoskeletal condition. The truth is that both chiropractors and osteopaths are excellent options for the treatment of a wide variety of conditions and the treatments compliment one another.
Chiropractors receive comprehensive education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of disorders arising from the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints of the body. They utilize a hands-on, manual approach to treatment and assess the patient as a “whole,” rather than a set of individual parts.
Chiropractors are perhaps best known for spinal manipulative therapy (or spinal ‘adjustments’). At CCC, our Chiropractors employ a wide variety of treatment techniques in order to suit the individual needs of each patient.
Osteopaths also employ a hands-on approach to patient care. Osteopathy is a safe and natural therapy that focuses on the framework of the body: the bones, ligaments, muscles, and connective tissues or fascia. Osteopaths assess the condition of the musculoskeletal system looking for areas of weakness, imbalance or excessive strain. Any potential ‘weak points’ will determine how well the body functions and will have a direct influence on the general health of the whole body.
Most extended healthcare plans offer coverage for both chiropractic and osteopathy. If you’re still unsure which type of health practitioner is best for you, let us help you make a decision!
At CCC, we pride ourselves on our interdisciplinary approach to patient management. Our practitioners work as a true team and utilize each other’s expertise in order to maximize patient outcomes. We can recommend which professional is best suited to treat you, based on the type and extent of rehabilitation you may require.