Choosing the right practitioner to help ease your aches or pains can be tricky. People can get confused by the information available on-line or be given all sorts of (often confusing) advice from friends or colleagues. Quite regularly the decision comes down to a personal recommendation, but all too often the reasons for choosing may be based on misinformation. So if you’re looking for an Osteopath in Barnes, Putney or the Richmond area then please read on.
A question often asked by people is “what’s the difference..?” and Barnes Chiropractor Julian Keel attempts to explain here:
“It’s probably easier to start with the similarities between the professions” explains Julian. “Both Chiropractic and Osteopathy are holistic approaches, meaning rather than focusing on individual parts of the body they view the body as a whole, with it’s many parts interconnected”.
Osteopaths and Chiropractors are regulated by law and have to be registered with their regulatory council – such as the General Council of Chiropractors or GCC. This ensures that you are safe in the knowledge that you will receive a minimum standard of care and treatment whatever Chiropractor or Osteopath you choose to visit.
Similarly to osteopathic education and training, UK Chiropractors will have undertaken a 4 or 5 year degree course (accredited with the GCC) before they can become registered.
Diagnosis by an Osteopath or Chiropractor
Chiropractors look at the effect that stress, for example: an injury, crash, poor postural habit, illness, poor diet or stressful job has had on the body and how your body may have adapted to produce misalignment of spinal joints or abnormal muscle tension leading to painful conditions and reduced function. They look specifically at how the joints of the spine can affect nerves that run within and from it and are qualified to use xrays (if necessary), read MRI scans and perform neurological tests as well as palpation to come to a diagnosis and plan of management.
Osteopaths treat and diagnose problems with your bones, soft tissue and muscles mainly with observation, touch and movement. They are not known to be as specific as chiropractors with regard to segmental spinal motion and it’s relationship to the nervous system and health. They may also refer to MRI scans or xrays for information that may help their diagnosis.
Treatment by an Osteopath or Chiropractor
Osteopaths use soft tissue massage and movement (concentrating on the soft tissues) to re-balance your body’s structure in a way that they believe enhances your blood flow to allow your body’s natural healing process to be improved.
Chiropractors mainly use a type of manipulation called ‘adjustment’ to restore the position of your spine and joints in order to release interference from the nervous system to improve function and promote healing.
Both Chiropractors and Osteopaths are trained to provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
The most usual aim for patients of both Osteopaths and Chiropractors is to relieve aches and pain. But by working with the nervous system and blood supply they are both able to influence all of the body’s systems, making them capable of easing the symptoms of a number of other conditions including stress, migraine.
If you’re seeking an Osteopath in the Barnes, Putney or Richmond area then consider choosing to see Barnes Chiropractor Julian Keel or his associate Osteopath Li-Leng Hoang. His practice in London established in 2000, has a great reputation for a professional, friendly service with a great success rate for helping with many conditions. Using gentle and effective forms of chiropractic and cranial treatment or Osteopathy, Julian or Li-Leng will get you back on the road to recovery and better health.
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