It is important to distinguish between a chiropractor and a chiropractor/chirotherapist. Chiropractors are medical doctors who have taken additional training in chiropractic. Chiropractors are alternative practitioners who have taken a few weekend courses as additional training. Chiropractors, on the other hand, have completed an intensive full-time course of study in chiropractic (at least 4 years at a university/college) that meets both uniform international standards and the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO). There are currently about 150 qualified chiropractors practicing in Germany who have been trained according to strict international standards and guidelines. The vast majority of these specialists have joined together to form the DCG (www.chiropraktik.de).
What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?
The answer to this frequently asked question is not straightforward, as chiropractic and osteopathy are very closely related in origin and the two professions have a number of things in common.
Andrew Taylor Still (founder of osteopathy) and Daniel David Palmer (founder of chiropractic) developed their ideas almost simultaneously (at the end of the 19th century). From then on, the two professions developed in parallel and to this day represent two closely related, yet in some respects distinct, alternative medical treatment modalities.
Both specialties try to solve functional disorders of the body and to get to the bottom of the cause of complaints through manual techniques, i.e. with the help of their hands. The joints, fascia and muscles, the cranial bones and the central nervous system, but also the soft tissues such as the abdominal organs are treated.
Chiropractic focuses mainly on the spine and pelvis, the supporting apparatus of fascia and muscles, and the nervous system that depends on them.
How big the difference is between osteopath and chiropractor hatfield always depends on the therapist. The individual techniques and specializations, inclinations and treatment philosophies of chiropractors and osteopaths can have a great deal of intersection, but they can also differ greatly in their extremes. Thus, it happens that some chiropractors treat only the spine, invoking the self-healing powers of the body to direct all other functions in the body. On the other hand, some osteopaths try to release an energy in the body by merely „laying on hands“, which is supposed to lead to the same goal.
In our practice we try to have a broad view of the body. We analyze not only the joints of the spine and pelvis, but also all other joints in the body, such as those of the limbs and skull. Closely related to this are the fascia and muscles, and therefore the nervous system. All of these aspects must be well coordinated in their interplay, and so we analyze not only each joint individually, but also the functional big picture. A special feature of the practice is the understanding of functional movement and the desire to keep this finely tuned system stable for as long as possible. Thus, we place great emphasis on self-help at home and stabilizing exercises that will help you stay pain-free for as long as possible.
In the end, the following conclusion is important: no two therapists are alike, neither between the two specialties, nor within one profession. Each therapist is unique in his or her style, ability, and method of treatment. Find the therapist that is right for you.