Ever wonder what the difference is between osteopathy vs chiropractic care? You’re not alone. Although they are similar in nature, they differ in treatment style. This post will explain how.
There are three main principles that the philosophy of osteopathy is based on. The body is a unit, the structure and function of the body are interrelated, and the body moves as a dynamic unit of function.
Osteopathic treatment is based on the following principles. Let’s take a closer look at each and describe what they mean.
The body is a unit that looks at how the anatomy and mechanics of the body are working together. Think of your body as a machine; if one part is out of alignment, it will affect all other parts that are connected to it. Therefore, it is important to know that during treatment, the osteopathic manual practitioner will assess your body alignment by looking at how the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendon and soft tissues are connected.
The structure and function of the body are interrelated. This principle is drawing on the importance of anatomy (the structure) versus the physiology (the function) in the body. We just talked about how the anatomy deals with proper body alignment and mechanics now let’s talk about what that means when the structure is out of alignment and the impact it has on your physiological state.
The physiology in your body deals with all the nerves, blood supply and lymphatic drainage that communicate between your muscles and organs. For example, think of your garden hose–when the hose is free of any kinks, you get the perfect stream of water; however, if there are any kinks in the hose, you still get some water flowing but not to its full potential.
The body works in a similar matter when there is improper posture causing misalignment in the structure; it will limit the amount of nerve, blood supply and lymphatic drainage throughout the organs and muscles. That’s why it’s important to remove the “kinks” in the structure in order to get proper function.
Lastly, the body works as a dynamic unit of function. This principle draws on the importance of motion testing during an osteopathic treatment; your body is continually moving and activating muscles, which is why we do the same during treatment to understand what your body is doing. The body is by no means static at any given time, which is why we should not read the body in a static position but in a dynamic state.
In conclusion, osteopathy is a gentle form of manual therapy that asses the body as a whole in order to deal with the root cause of the underlying dysfunction instead of just dealing with the symptoms. Whereas, chiropractic care uses a hands-on approach to adjust and manipulate your spine and other body parts to ultimately achieve proper alignment, which in turn allows your body to heal itself naturally.
Dina’s goal is to help patients using manual therapy while still drawing on her knowledge and experience in kinesiology. So, if you’re looking for an Osteopath in Woodbridge, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.
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