Thursday, July 1, 2010

Alternative Medicine - Chiropractic and Osteopathy

Chiropractic and Osteopathy were both developed late 19th century and deal with problems of the spine by manipulation. Both have similar treatment but differs in theory, however, often combines both method.

Osteopaths believe that faulty alignment of bone structure is the underlying cause of many disorders. The body is examined as an integrated whole and treatment is through powerful manipulation of joints and by massaging the muscles.

Chiropractors on the other hand believe that disorders result from faulty working of the spine, which affects the normal function of the nervous system. They treat specific joints, muscles or bone areas rather than the body as a whole. Treatment involves a more forceful manipulation of the joints than osteopathy.

In some cases, by using this methods, patient can be save from undergoing surgery. Both methods do not use injections or active drugs, instead, Chiropractors and osteopaths may recommend using herbal medicine.

Before going to a chiropractor or osteopath, check if they are registered or license to practice either of the two, or at least have years of experience in doing this alternative medicine to avoid accident.

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