There are a number of health professions that offer hands-on manual therapy to help with acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain and neck pain.
Most common manual therapy systems in North America are chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, manual osteopathy, physiotherapy (known as physical therapy in the States), naprapathy, massage therapy, athletic therapy (known as athletic training in the States) and naturopathy (naturopaths offer manual therapy in selected cases).
Most manual therapy health professions in North America, such as chiropractic, naprapathy and the manual therapy part of physiotherapy use techniques that are originated from osteopathy.
Osteopathy has become two different independent health profession. One is osteopathic medicine which offers medical care (such as medications, surgery) and the other is manual osteopathy (known as osteopathic manual practice in the United States) which offers only hands-on manual therapy.
Osteopathy itself has originated from Cherokee bodywork and healing arts and as such it is considered a heritage of Indigenous People.
In this video, I offer my personal opinion about clinical and treatment differences between these health professionals. I have doctoral degrees in chiropractic, naprapathy and manual osteopathy. and have in-depth knowledge of these professions. I used to have many multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinics and now I own the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada (OCPCC) that has 335 clinics in 30 countries. This video contains my personal opinion and does not represent the opinion of the schools and organizations I work at.
Thank you for watching this video.
Dr. Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Editor: Journal of the American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
President: National Academy of Osteopathy Canada, National University of Medical Sciences (USA), National University of Medical Sciences (Spain), Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
Founder: Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy in Ontario
Founder: World Osteopathy Day
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