What’s the difference between osteopathy and chiropractic?

Interestingly, ‘osteo’ and ‘chiro’ both refer to bone in Greek and Latin respectively. The differences between the two disciplines lie in the philosophy behind the practice of osteopathy and chiropractic, the former having a more European approach, the latter more American. Some of the manipulative techniques are similar, and equally beneficial, but the basic philosophy, as in European and American approaches to medicine, though similar is where the difference lies. Choosing between which approach to follow for a patient is purely personal and depends upon individual experience. Another difference between osteopathy and chiropractic work is the frequency with which treatment is administered. Osteopathic practitioners lean toward minimal intervention with a three or more day gap between visits to facilitate the body’s own healing process. Chiropractors may want to treat patients more frequently.

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