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Osteopathy and Chiropractic at 21st Century Clinic. Reading.

This year we will bringing Osteopathy into 21st Century Clinic. As a Chiropractor I get asked a lot what the difference is between Osteopathy and Chiropractic so I will try and explain this and the reasons behind the decision to add Osteopathy to our treatments that we offer.

The Chiropractors at the clinic use McTimoney Chiropractic which works on using manipulation of the body to get the spine and pelvis in the correct alignment so that it provides the most efficient nerve supply around the body which should reduce pain and discomfort and provide optimum health. McTimoney Chiropractic uses very light gentle adjustments that don’t aim to make “cracking” sounds and we work on whole body alignment.

The Chiropractors use a combination of Chiropractic, Massage and dry needling to get the best for every patient. The patient is often given some stretches or strengthening exercises to do at home.

Osteopathy also works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. It is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions.

Osteopaths also use there hands to manipulate the body to ensure structure and function is correct. The manipulation is often a small part of the overall treatment. The osteopath will use a very quick but higher force manipulation through a joint which can be done in such a way that it may produce a ‘cavitation’ or popping noise.

The Osteopath will combine this higher force manipulation with soft tissue massage and dry needling alongside stretching and strengthening exericses.

There are probably more similarities than differences with the main difference being the force of the adjustment and this is the reason for bringing Osteopathy into the clinic. The patients will have more choice and if our patients would like to try this different technique then we can provide it for them.

If you would like to ask any questions about the Osteopathy or Chiropractic treatments available at the clinic please call the clinic on 01189 311 444.