Osteopath vs Chiropractor Glasgow

Should you choose a Chiropractor in Glasgow or an Osteopath? This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions in clinic and answering it from an osteopath’s perspective is likely to be contentious in the eyes of a chiropractor and vice-versa. However, the general consensus is that they are similar in many respects, there are subtle differences between osteopathy and chiropractic approaches. 

Treatable conditions include, but are not limited to:-
Back & Neck Pain; Tension, Disc ProblemsShoulder & Arm PainPelvis, Hip & Leg Pain; Sciatica
Postural IssuesDigestive Problems e.g. IBSMedical Acupuncture
Headache Arising from the NeckTrapped Nerves e.g. Carpal Tunnel SyndromeArthritic Pain
Sports Injuries; Strained Muscles & Sprained Ligaments, TendinopathyPregnancy Related Pain, e.g. Symphysis Pubis DysfunctionRepetitive Strains e.g. Tennis Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis

Both areas of expertise share a common history and philosophy which set them apart from the more traditional allopathic fields of medicine. The primary objectives of both osteopathy and chiropractic are most frequently the relief of aches and pains in the body. Both treat more than just bone joints and soft tissues. Both work on the nervous system and blood supply in order to influence all the bodily systems. This makes them capable of alleviating the symptoms of many diagnosed medical conditions such as circulatory problems, digestive disorders and migraine prevention to name a few.

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Osteopath manipulating a male's thoracic spine

"Linda and her team are simply amazing! Over the years Linda has helped me with back/neck pain and more recently achilles tendinopathy. It never takes long to be feeling much better. Thank you Linda for all your help and advice."

 - Carol

Choose a Glasgow Chiropractor or Osteopath

Osteopathy was founded twenty one years before the chiropractic discipline. Chiropractors tend to focus mainly (but not exclusively) on the alignment of the spine as the primary means to relieve pain by preventing any compromise of the nervous system, whereas osteopaths look at the body as a whole and help improve its function by correcting the overall structure. Osteopaths treat a broader range of functional problems, including issues such as circulatory and digestive system disorders.

Chiropractors use more diagnostic procedures such as X-rays, MRI scans, blood tests and urine tests, whereas osteopaths place more emphasis on physical examination, and will generally refer patients on for more diagnostic procedures if required. Osteopaths tend to use a greater variety of techniques to influence the body’s own innate healing system such as muscle and soft tissue work, joint articulation and manipulation, whereas chiropractors use a wider number of techniques for the “adjustment” on the vertebrae, similar to osteopathic manipulation, to facilitate optimal nerve transition.

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Chiropractic appointments tend to be shorter as they primarily focus on adjustment techniques which are quicker to carry out. Osteopaths spend more time with their patients per visit. Their approach is broader and treatments tend to be spaced out over a longer period of time. Chiropractors tend to see patients more frequently.

Of course these are generalisations and all practitioners treat differently. Some osteopaths may seem closer to the chiropractic way and some chiropractors may appear to treat more osteopathically. Hopefully this will help to put across some of the main trends.

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Osteopath and Chiropractor Treatments

Both Osteopathy and Chiropractic treatments incorporate orthopaedic and neurological examination to diagnose injury and illness. Both often prescribe similar exercises and self-care strategies to help patients manage their pain or injury. The differences between the two professions are substantial. Ranging from the underlying philosophy behind the various treatments to specific techniques used to treat pain. Another difference is where on the body in relation to the pain those treatments are applied.

Osteopaths typically place more emphasis on muscles, joints and the mobility of spinal segments rather than specifically on the spine and the nervous system. The relationships between all areas and tissues of the body are considered when devising treatment and management plans. This is a truly holistic approach. Osteopaths work with a mixture of chiropractic and physiotherapy techniques in their treatments. Applying similar manipulations to the spine and other joints as Chiropractors but also apply soft tissue therapy similar to physiotherapists. With treatments such as massage, gentle joint articulation and rehabilitation exercise prescription.

Osteopaths may also incorporate visceral osteopathic techniques and cranial osteopathy techniques into treatments. For this reason osteopathic treatment times tend to be longer than chiropractic treatments. Ranging between 30 minutes to an hour.

Whatever the issue we know it will be unique to you. Therfore we listen to you and develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs. However, our job is to get your body into the best position to be able to treat or heal the issue or challenge that you’re facing.



Contact Bearsden Osteopaths In Glasgow

In conclusion Bearsden Osteopaths in Glasgow are a professional, safe and highly regarded osteopathic clinic. We are regulated by The General Osteopathy Council. We have been helping people just like you for many years.  With all our experience and knowledge behind us we will have you feeling better very soon. We provide treatment for a wide variety of conditions. If you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain or hip pain then we will be delighted to help you.

Contact our osteopathy clinic in Glasgow directly on 0141 942 0629 or email info@bearsdenosteopaths.co.uk if you have any questions or you require further information about Osteopathy in Glasgow.



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