What Is The Difference Between An Osteopath And A Chiropractor?

by Chiropractors Brighton on June 4, 2009


Chiropractic and Osteopathy have much in common but more importantly, both professions believe in the significance of the spinal structure and posture and how this influences our general health.

Both are statutorily regulated with their own Acts of Parliament and their own General Councils .

The professions are similar but different and this often creates confusion to those deciding whether they should see a Chiropractor or an Osteopath.

Diagnostic Procedures:

• Chiropractors tend to use more diagnostic procedures, such as X-rays and MRI scans

• Case history taking and orthopaedic examination are similar for both professions and both use movement palpation (feeling the spine as it moves) to assist in diagnosing where there are abnormalities of movement.

Recommendations for Care:

• Generally, patients who visit a Chiropractor receive “adjustments” administered by varying techniques. 50% of patients consulting an Osteopath will receive manipulation.

• Chiropractors and Osteopaths spend several years training to become registered with their Statuatory body.

Primarily, Chiropractors use adjustments

Osteopaths use manipulation.

• Mobilisation, which consists of stretching the joint rhythmically within its normal range of movement, is used more by Osteopaths than Chiropractors.

• Both professions have similar methods of treating muscular, postural, cranial and paediatric problems, although each profession has their own terminology.

Chiropractors are Lifestyle Specialists and as such recommend regular chiropractic care to keep the body free of interference rather than waiting for pain or disease to manifest and then trying to correct the problem, therefore Chiropractic is a preventative health care system.

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