What’s the difference between an Osteopath and Chiropractor?

From the Osteopathy Australia website:

“Osteopaths treat more than you think and focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Many structural problems in the body may affect proper mobility or function and can lead to other problems.”

Here are the key differences between an Osteopath and Chiropractor (this is not an exhaustive list for all practitioners)

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What does an Osteopath do?

Osteopathy is a unique system of diagnosis and treatment which lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function with the minimum amount of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.

An Osteopath uses many of the diagnostic procedures of conventional medical assessments and diagnosis. The main strength of osteopathic practice lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.

As part of the ‘whole person’ approach to health, Osteopaths may use appropriate exercise programs, diet and nutrition advice, as well as postural and lifestyle changes to maximise your recovery, treatment and management.

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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy…something to do with bones right?”

Well, yes, but there’s also a little more to it. Osteopathy is a manual therapy (hands-on) approach to health care. Osteopaths typically treat over a 30 minute appointment, which is perhaps a little longer than a chiropractor or a physiotherapist. This allows the Osteopath to spend more time examining the patient and to look more broadly at the issue to determine the true cause of the problem. Often the site of the pain isn’t the cause of the pain.

A range of techniques are employed, including varying types of massage, joint mobilisations, muscle energy techniques, stretching, cranial techniques, as well as manipulation of spinal and peripheral joints.

If you want to discuss any aspect of Osteopathy with Shane or one of our other practitioners, please feel free to ask a questioncontact us or email us at info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au