The Difference Between Osteo, Chiro And Physio

With the advancement of science and technology today, the fields related to them have divided and divided to the point where every niche is covered by a sub-field of a major subject. Whilst this allows for the better study of each and every phenomenon, it can be quite confusing for the average person to discern the difference between each and every subjects. And of course, this problem is felt the most in the field of medicine, where the average citizen has to constantly visit the many different kinds of specialists in order to alleviate their pain.

Most people by now will be able to understand the difference between a heart surgeon and an ENT surgeon of course, but have you ever thought of the difference between an osteopath, a certified physiotherapist in Singapore and a chiropractor? The words themselves might sound foreign to you, or you might have a general idea that they are related to pains versus diseases. Whilst you do not need to know the differences between the three down to the very core, in general, it is a good idea to know what each of them focuses on so that you won’t need to waste your time visiting the wrong practitioner.

To start with, all three professions are indeed related to pains and injuries, and will generally be non-invasive. They will help you cure frequent pains or rehabilitate after a surgery or an accident. And fear not, all three professions are qualified: they all need to be licensed practices performed by practitioners who have at least four or five years of study under their belt. As for their individual specialities, let us start with the chiropractor.

Chiropractic is a field of study that places importance on the skeletal system: in this field, most pains can be traced back to misalignments in your joints. Accordingly, what a chiropractor will do is basically manipulate your joints in order to align them properly.

In physiotherapy instead, the focus will be more generalized on both muscles and the skeleton. Of the three, this is the most well-known practice, because any kind of surface pain, as well as most rehabilitation programs are dealt by physio treatments. In these treatments you will most likely be given massages and a set of physical exercises to follow in order to strengthen up your weakened muscles.

Lastly, osteopathy will also deal with pains, but their focus will not be limited to either the muscular or skeletal system. A key tenet of osteopathy is that they will focus on the body as a whole, and that no part of the body – and its related pain – is isolated from other parts of the body. The other chief difference will be that osteopaths will only use their hands in treating patients – the other practices feature some degree of testing such as x-rays, and other forms of treatment.

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