What’s the difference between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor? Does it hurt? Find out the answers below!
Osteopathy is a discipline that involves manual therapeutic intervention with joints and soft tissues, largely to reduce pain or restore normal movement. Skilled therapists are trained in assessing the body to evaluate the source of a patients pain, and then to gently manipulate joints and muscles to release tightness, spasm and stiffness. Read more.
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You do not need a referral to see an Osteopath. You only need to arrange an appointment with the practise.
While Osteopathy is not generally painful, you may feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment. This is more apparently if you are receiving treatment for a painful or inflamed injury.
The primary difference is that a Chiropractor focuses primarily on the spine, whereas Osteopaths focus on the whole body.
For the best results, most patients will require 3-6 treatment sessions. 2-3 sessions are recommended within the first 10-12 days.