Osteopathic Medicine Vs Chiropractic

Osteopathy and chiropractic are both complementary, alternative medical practices that involve diagnosing, treating and preventing disorders through the manipulation of the body’s muscles, nerves and bones. Both osteopathic medicine and chiropractic care aim to relieve pain without using drugs or surgery.

  • Osteopathic medicine is the practice of diagnosis and treatment of diseases through the manipulation of bones, muscles and joints.
  • Chiropractic is the practice of diagnosis and treatment of diseases using the hands to make adjustments to the body’s nervous system to relieve pain.

Osteopathy is a branch of medicine that focuses on caring for your musculoskeletal system, which includes your muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. Osteopathy is practiced in much the same way as medicine with a doctor assessing your symptoms and performing both physical examinations and diagnostic tests.

  • Osteopathic physicians or osteopaths are medical doctors who have taken up to four years of additional training specializing in the musculoskeletal system.
  • Chiropractors are not medical doctors and they cannot prescribe medications or perform surgery. Chiropractors use a hands-on approach to adjusting the spine and other joints in the body to relieve pain and improve function.

So which is better?

  • Osteopathic medicine and chiropractic care has been around for over 100 years and is recognised by most hospitals, health insurance companies and the federal government.
  • Osteopathy uses a combined approach of spinal manipulation from a qualified professional known as an osteopath in addition to traditional diagnosis and treatment methods.
  • Chiropractic focuses on using spinal adjustment from a qualified professional known as a chiropractor in addition to traditional diagnosis and treatment methods.

Both osteopaths and chiropractors take similar core courses during their education, such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology. However, osteopathic medicine requires additional coursework in the musculoskeletal system.

  • Osteopathic physicians receive up to an additional four years of training over their counterparts in traditional medicine, which gives them a more complete understanding of how the human body works and allows them to diagnose and treat complex medical problems that might be missed with just traditional treatment methods.
  • Chiropractic school is a four-year full time program, which includes courses in the musculoskeletal system and traditional medical diagnosis and treatment methods.

If you’re looking for more information on osteopaths and chiropractors, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Deep 6 Osteopathy near Parkdale so we can answer your questions or concerns.