100 Station Parade, Harrogate North Yorkshire, HG1 1HQ
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What is the difference between a Osteopath and a Chiropractor?

Both osteopaths and chiropractors use physical treatment to influence their patients’ health but there are also differences in approach. Osteopaths are interested in the interactions of all the physical structures in the body – bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints as well as fascia and more diffuse structures. By altering the relationships between them using a wide range of different techniques osteopaths help the body to restore normal function and health.

Chiropractors on the other hand are more interested in the spinal joints which they adjust in order to improve spinal mobility and affect the nerve and blood supply to the organs supplied by these joints. In practical terms chiropractic treatments tend to be shorter than osteopathic treatments and involve more specific adjustments while osteopathic treatments take longer and usually employ a greater range of techniques.

The 30,000 osteopaths in the States have the same status as medical doctors and often act as GPs although they also are represented in all other branches of medicine including surgery. In this country, training has been different for historical reasons and osteopaths and chiropractors have never prescribed medications. Both are controlled by their own professional organizations and again for historical reasons there are rather more osteopaths than chiropractors in this country.

In order to have treatment will I need to undress?

In order to perform a full examination and allow treatment, patients often need to undress to their underwear, as is usual for many medical treatments. However it is very important that you feel confident and comfortable during your consultation and gowns are available if required. We are guided by our patients and would never do anything that you are uncomfortable with.

Can I choose which osteopath to see?

The patient can always choose the osteopath they want to see and they can easily change to another osteopath in the practice at any time. In the same way if we feel that patients need to be referred either to another allied health professional or to a doctor, we will always do so. We are quite happy for patients to change osteopaths for any reason and indeed sometimes we might suggest that a patient sees another osteopath ourselves.

Can I stop treatment at any time?

Yes of course, our only aim is to benefit our patients and we will never put pressure on patients either to continue with treatment or to have any treatment which they might consider unnecessary.

If you can’t help will you refer me on?

We will refer any patient that is unsuitable for our treatment, either to their GP or another medical specialist. Over the years we have built up very good relationships with the local medical professionals and indeed help with some GP training at the practice.

What are your future plans?

We are thinking of increasing the number of hours we are available and increasing our range of services such as adding a podiatrist and possibly other allied health professionals. We would be interested in any suggestions you have to improve our service. Finally we hope to keep going for at least another eighty years!