What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?

When you are experiencing joint and muscular pain it can sometimes be difficult to know the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath.

A chiropractor and an Osteopath both work with a patient’s whole body and it is because they are both considered holistic and use similar techniques that people tend to get the two professionals confused. On their surface chiropractic and osteopathy look almost the same but in reality the two schools of thought are unique and the approach to patient care and therapy is very different.

The major difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath is:

A chiropractor is a person who is interested in how a person’s body works, but views the workings of a body primarily through the spinal, nerve and muscular systems.  Usually a chiropractor focuses on pain relief and injury recovery.  A chiropractor will use spine and joint adjustments, massage, electrical stimulation and rehabilitative exercise to help a patient heal as well as working with the patient in other areas of his life (primarily diet and exercise programs).

An osteopath is a person who is interested in how a person’s body works, but views the workings of a body primarily through the joint and vascular systems. An osteopath is usually contacted in a patient’s effort to reduce pain or heal from an injury, but may help patients with a variety of other problems as well.  The methods of treatment involve physical therapy, adjustments to the body and massage.