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Chiropractic Care vs. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

October 11, 2017

When it comes to back problems, there seem to be a ton of options. From acupuncture to relief patches at your local pharmacy, it can be hard to determine what really can help you with pain relief. Chiropractic care and osteopathic manipulative treatment are actually both great options for back pain. They are also both great alternatives to surgery, which does carry a small risk and requires downtime after the procedure.

Chiropractic care and osteopathic treatment require mostly hands-on treatment which is done by mobilizing and adjusting joints in the spine through manipulations.

Some of the common joint dysfunctions that get relief from chiropractic care and osteopathic treatment are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Facet joint injuries.

Although both are very good for treating joint dysfunctions, they both have different philosophies and methods of treatment.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors usually tend to identify the lumbar spine as the source of most back pain problems. Chiropractors look for subluxations and misalignments and use chiropractic adjustments to relieve joint pressure and pain symptoms.

Other chiropractic treatments include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Lumbar roll
  • Motion palpation
  • Release work
  • Toggle drop

Osteopathic Treatment

The difference when it comes to osteopathic treatment when compared with chiropractic care is osteopathic doctors’ philosophy on treatment revolves on the notion that the body is a unified whole and can self-regulate and self-heal with mobilization. Also, osteopathic doctors will occasionally prescribe medications.

The following are common osteopathic treatments:

  • Massage therapy
  • Myofascial therapy
  • Counterstrain
  • Muscle energy
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • High velocity low amplitude thrusts

There are great benefits and ways of treatment that combine both chiropractic care and osteopathic manipulative treatment. They are not necessarily complementary, but can work together to address and treat certain problems of function, nerves, joints, bones, soft tissues, and muscles.

For more information on the best type of treatment for you or if a combination of both can suit you, you should consult with a specialist.

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