Both osteopathic manipulation in Monroe and orthopedics came into popularity in the late 1800s and both are still widely practiced today for a variety of medical problems that include back and neck pain and sciatica. There are a few standard differences in the treatment methodologies that must be considered before you seek treatment.
Osteopathy and chiropractic therapies both focus on the importance of the spine to overall health and seek to treat pain and aching muscles throughout the body. Visual evaluation and hand palpation are often utilized to make diagnoses of particular medical issues, although chiropractors tend to rely on the use of x-rays, as well.
Osteopathic practitioners carefully manipulate bones and muscles, in addition to applying pressure to specific body areas, stretching ligaments and muscles and mobilizing body parts as required. Subtle and gentle movements are used to make adjustments to bring bones and muscles into alignment. Orthopedic specialists lean toward utilizing more sudden and brisk movements where joints are “clicked” into place.
As a general rule, osteopathic patients spend more time at each visit with the practitioner and require fewer treatments over a longer period of time. Chiropractic patients see the specialist and receive treatment for shorter periods, more often.
To discuss how you can benefit from professional osteopathic manipulation in Monroe for treatment of muscle pain and aching joints, speak with one of the experienced specialists at McQuinn Naturopathic today at (425)905-2487. Our knowledgeable team is ready to help you find relief in a calm, soothing environment.