Osteopathy and Chiropractic Treatment – What’s the Difference?

Osteopathy and Chiropractic are very similar disciplines. In the UK both are statutorily regulated with their own Acts of Parliament and their own General Councils.There is therefore a huge overlap of both these disciplines with a large portion of their workload being very similar.

The difference between Osteopathy and Chiropractic  

Osteopathy and Chiropractic are very similar disciplines.

In the UK both are statutorily regulated with their own Acts of Parliament and their own General Councils.There is therefore a huge overlap of both these disciplines with a large portion of their workload being very similar.

Diagnosis:

Chiropractors tend to use more diagnostic procedures, such as x-rays.

Case history taking and orthopedic examination are very similar for both professions and both use movement palpation (feeling the muscle and joints as they move) to assist in diagnosing where there are abnormalities of movement.

Treatment:

Around 50% of patients consulting an Osteopath receive manipulation whereas about 90% of patients receive a similar treatment called an “adjustment” if they consult a Chiropractor.

When a patient is manipulated or adjusted, the joint is moved just beyond its normal range of movement in an attempt to restore normal function. This obviously has to be done without spraining the joint and this is one of the many skills that Osteopaths and Chiropractors spend several years learning when training.

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

Both disciplines have similar methods of treating muscular, postural, cranial and pediatric problems, though the terminology used by each profession is different.

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