Osteopathy is perhaps regarded as an alternative method of healthcare or medicine. This is the case for a number of reasons, perhaps most notably the fact that it is does not just represent a ‘scientific’ approach to the body. Osteopathy as a discipline stresses the fact that there is a relationship between the function and structure of the body. An osteopath very much views the body as a whole and how each part works with one another.
The most common form of osteopathy is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), and this principally denotes the practise of manipulating the body in order to strengthen and also heal the body.
Osteopathy can help with the treatment of an expansive range of injuries and illnesses. Some of the more common are lower back pain and repetitive strain injuries, but can also help with more diverse and challenging conditions such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
Andrew Taylor Still was responsible for coining the term ‘osteopathy’ and osteopathy began in the USA in 1874. There are a number of osteopathy websites on the Internet that provide further information.
Chiropractic is another alternative method of healthcare and medicine. A chiropractor is frequently utilised when patients require a professional to aid them with their bad back. Chiropractic is concerned with the neuromusculoskeletal system and works in order to prevent or treat disorders in that area.
The most common technique currently being used in chiropractic is spinal manipulation; the spinal joints being manipulated in order to release tension and increase the freedom and motion capability of the joint.
What are the benefits?
Chiropractic may help with back and neck pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome as well as rehabilitation from other chronic injuries.
The discipline of chiropractic was founded in 1895 by D.D Palmer; the first chiropractor. The original discipline of chiropractic was very similar to the principles inherent in osteopathy, but since that point the two disciplines have moved further apart. There are a number of chiropractic websites online that provide further information.
Since 9 May 2000 the title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law and it is a criminal offence for anyone to claim to be any kind of osteopath unless registered with the General Osteopathic Council. In addition many osteopaths are members of The British Osteopathic Association which is the largest professional association for osteopaths in the UK. Similarly since June 2001 the title of ‘chiropractor’ has been protected by law and it is a criminal offence to describe oneself as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the The General Chiropractic Council
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