Chiropractic and osteopathy are two complementary therapies that have been practiced for more than one hundred years. But how do they work?
Chiropractic is a manual therapy involving the manipulation of joints to correct ‘subluxations’ or misalignments which can put pressure on nerves. Some chiropractors also use cranial osteopathy, which is a gentle massage technique that aims to release tension in the head and neck.
Osteopathy is a manual therapy that uses a range of techniques such as osteopathic massage, joint mobilisation and stretching to improve the mobility of joints, muscles and connective tissue. It can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and osteopaths are recognised by many health insurers.
Both osteopathy and chiropractic treatments aim to restore the normal function of joints, muscles and connective tissue, improving mobility and reducing pain. However, osteopathy is a broad therapy that can be used as a treatment in itself or as part of a wider osteopathic practitioner’s treatment plan.
Chiropractic and osteopathy both investigate the relationship between health and disease. Osteopathy is more of a preventive medicine, focusing on promoting people’s well-being through healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise, nutrition and sleep. On the other hand, chiropractic takes a view of health that looks at how diet, environment, lifestyle and genetics all work together to affect a person’s health.
Both osteopathy and chiropractic are safe, gentle and non-invasive therapies that can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. If you’re considering either therapy, it’s important to find an osteopath or chiropractor who is registered with the appropriate professional body. Contact Pakenham Osteopathy today on (03) 5941 4157 so we can help you.