What’s the difference between an Osteopath and Chiropractor?

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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)

    Osteopath   Chiropractor
Appointment time  30 minutes   10 minutes
Primary treatment technique  Spinal and peripheral joint  manipulation, Massage  Rehabilitation   Spinal manipulation
Primary area of focus  The whole body: joints,  muscles,  soft tissues,  nervous system,  biomechanics  Spine and Nervous system
Principles of the Profession  The body is a functional unit.  An  integrated unit of mind,  body, and  spiritThe body  possesses self-  regulatory  mechanisms, having the  inherent capacity to defend,  repair,  and remodel itself  Structure and  function are  reciprocally interrelated  Subluxation theory
Practice industry  Private  Private
Founders of the profession  A.T. Still – American Doctor  Daniel David Palmer
Private health rebate  Yes  Yes


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


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