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Osteopathy vs Chiropractic

Osteopathy vs Chiropractic: What is the difference?

There are both differences and similarities when comparing Osteopathy vs Chiropractic. In this blog, I outline Osteopathy vs Chiropractic about:

  1. How do they treat?
  2. What treatment techniques do they use?
  3. What conditions do they treat?
  4. Who do they treat?
  5. How long is a visit?

Osteopathy vs Chiropractic: How do they treat?

Both Osteopaths and Chiropractors primarily use their hands when treating. Both can also use other parts of their body including elbows or knees as well as using adjustment and massage tools.

Osteopathy vs Chiropractic: What treatment techniques do they use?

At Osteopathic College, most Osteopaths are trained in the following techniques including:

  1. Spinal and joint adjustments
  2. Joint mobilization
  3. Massage
  4. Cranial manipulation (Cranial Osteopathy)
  5. Visceral manipulation (Visceral Osteopathy)

It is important to note that not every osteopath will use all these techniques. In fact, some may just specialise in one such as Cranial Osteopathy.

At Chiropractic College, Chiropractors are trained in the following techniques including:

  1. Spinal and joint adjustments
  2. Active Release Technique (ART)
  3. Graston Technique

Just like Osteopaths, not every chiropractor will use all the above techniques and some will specialise in just one.

Osteopathy vs Chiropractic: What do they treat?

Both Osteopaths and Chiropractors are trained to deal with the acute and chronic pain of the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, spine and tendons.

Osteopaths that use Visceral Osteopathy specialise in helping with digestive, gynaecological and respiratory conditions.

Osteopaths that use Cranial Osteopathy specialise in helping babies and toddlers with colic, behavioural issues and developmental delays.

Osteopathy vs Chiropractic: Who can do they treat?

Both Osteopathy and Chiropractic are safe and appropriate for people of all ages.

Osteopathy vs Chiropractic: How long is a visit?

The initial visit to both an Osteopath and Chiropractor is between 45 and 60 minutes long.

Follow up visits for osteopaths are between 30 and 60 minutes. Chiropractor follow-up visits are much shorter, between 10 and 15 minutes.

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