If you’re suffering from back pain or a recent injury that has impacted your back or joints, and are looking for a less intrusive recovery option than surgery, there are a few natural healing methods that have proven to be very effective. Chiropractors and osteopaths can help you heal and, ideally, never deal with chronic pain again.
Both practices believe a healthy spine is important for the entire body and your overall health. A healthy spine is expected to improve the nervous system and the body’s circulation, and the diagnosis process deals mainly with the back. Both doctors aid in relieving pain as well as other possible issues such as digestion and headaches.
While these professions have many similarities, it’s important to understand the differences between them so you can choose which doctor is best for your unique situation.
Osteopaths focus on the entire body and its structure with a broader approach compared to a chiropractor. They work based on the belief that all body systems are interrelated, and they use more techniques overall to alter these systems to promote healing. Techniques include things like stretching, muscle work, pressure and mobilization, and manipulating other joints as needed.
These doctors are fully trained in the medical field, so they are able to prescribe medication and perform surgery. Each appointment with an osteopath will take more time, due to their broader approach, and there will often be fewer overall appointments.
The main focus of a chiropractor in Baltimore, MD is the alignment of the spine, based on the belief that many health problems stem from spine misalignment. They most often focus on healing muscle and joint pain, and some types of headaches, by making adjustments to the vertebrae. This helps to prevent or heal pinched nerves or anything else compromising the nervous system. Using x-rays, they are also able to identify other more serious conditions including osteoporosis, arthritis, tumors, and fractured bones in the back.
Chiropractors do not prescribe medication. They can offer recommendations for healthy lifestyle changes, exercise or therapy, and diet. After the initial examination where your chiropractor will determine the best course of action moving forward for your treatment, appointments will be very short and more frequent.
Choose Your Doctor
Which type of doctor seems to fit your current needs best? Many individuals visit osteopaths for illnesses and infections, or joint pain. A chiropractor is often a good first step in your recovery, especially if you prefer a gentle route without medication and you’re dealing with back pain, problems sleeping, headaches, stress, and even infertility.
Contact Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic for more insight into chiropractic care.
BY: Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab
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