An Osteo, or Osteopath is an Alternative Medicine practitioner that practices Osteopathy – a gentle hands on treatment for the entire body including all tissues, organs, nervous system, muscles, bones and joints leading the patient to a better sense of well-being.
Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to healing. This means treatment is based on the root of the problem, not the symptom. For example, joint pain may be due to misaligned spine or nervous system, so treating the pain would only be short term.
Difference between Chiropractic and Osteopathy Treatments
Many people get confused between a Chiropractor and an Osteopath physician. Both require 5 years of training (required to undertake a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques to be eligible to practice), both deal with the nervous system and both treat similar ailments.
Often we are asked what the differences between a Chiropractor and an Osteopath are, and the simple answer is, not much.
An Osteopath may spend more time on soft tissue work hence longer appointment times and slightly higher fees. Even practitioners within their own professions will vary as they attend different seminars where variations to core techniques and approaches are taught.
The practitioners own clinical experiences plus influences from seminars and new evidence-based protocols will create further variations. In a lot of ways, they are continuously evolving professions as they never stop learning hence never stop changing, so it really depends on what part of their professional life cycle they are at when you see them.
The important thing to look for is someone that really cares about getting the best outcomes and is articulate in communicating what you have, why you have it and what the plan is, to deal with it efficiently and effectively. They need to have great bedside manner minus the ego!
Both Osteopathy and Chiropractic take a broad approach treating the body as a whole and not just its parts. How long you choose to benefit from Osteopathic or Chiropractic care is up to you. You may simply want the pain to end or you may decide to restore normal movement, improve postural alignment, as well as core strength – all important for the long term.
Which is better, a Chiro or Osteo?
When you need to repair a home, do you call a handyman or carpenter or builder? This is where a general health clinic like Brunswick Health is at a great advantage. We don’t push one method, we have multiple practitioners across many modalities. During the interview process we determine what treatment is best for you, then you can choose. In some cases, an Osteo may better, in others a Chiro or Physio will be more effective.
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