Doctor, chiropractor, homeo or naturo what? What is the difference!?

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You are on this amazing journey to better health and want to dive deeper into finding a provider that matches you. Now, Doctor, Naturopath, Chiropractor, Homeopath...WHAT?! What is the difference and how do you choose? Keep reading and we will break each of these down. 


By definition, a doctor is “a qualified practitioner of medicine; a physician.” So for human traditional medicine would be a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Typically you will find these in hospital or clinic settings. A chiropractor, according to Oxford languages, a chiropractor is “a practitioner of the system of integrative medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints.” Chiropractors specialize in correcting joint alignments in the body. 


Naturopathy is “a system of alternative medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by techniques such as control of diet, exercise, and massage.” Homeopathy is “the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease.” Both of these are similar, but have stark differences in application. 


So now you’re thinking “great, they are all different. How do I pick what is the best for me?” Let’s unpack that a bit. Reality is at some point in your life any one of them is going to be the best for you. It all depends on what you are needing assistance with at the time. If your back is out of alignment, a good chiropractor is by far the best option to correct the issue. For a chronic nagging issue, and you want to avoid the traditional medication for whatever reason, you might try a naturopath, who will look at the whole body and not just a specific part. If you shatter your leg skiing you should probably seek out a doctor, specifically a surgeon to repair it. If you are faced with an acute illness and want to avoid medication, look into a homeopathic doctor. 


The thing is each has its place and purpose. Each is a tool that can be utilized freely to improve your health. Now you know. Choose what is best for the situation you are in at the moment. 


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