A large portion of the Sydney population are familiar with chiropractor services but are confused and have limited knowledge on what osteopathic doctors perform to provide relief to their patients. In this article, we will enumerate some of the key characteristics of osteopathy and its treatment modalities as well as their difference from chiropractic medicine.
What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
To fully understand the difference between these two disciplines, let’s first check out their similarities:
- Both chiropractic medicine and osteopathy treat musculoskeletal problems.
- The primary goal for both disciplines is to alleviate and/or eliminate pain.
Some differences between these two medical disciplines is that they utilise different treatment modalities and can follow different philosophies.
- Chiropractic can use a form of complementary healthcare that involves the execution of a series of high-velocity thrusts or HVT manipulations to the limbs, joints, and spinal region. The belief is that the root cause of pain is due to misalignment of both bones and muscles. By bringing these joints and muscles back to their original anatomical positions, pain is alleviated. Also Chiropractic consultation times are generally much shorter than Osteopathic consultation times which is an important difference.
- Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare that utilises many different treatments to treat signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal pain. Some of these treatments are extremely gentle like gentle articulation and stretching of the joints, gentle release techniques for muscles and other soft tissues, specific rehabilitation programs targeting your injury. Also having much longer consultation times allows Osteopaths to really get to know you and your problem which is fundamentally important in getting you better.
How much does it cost to visit an osteopath?
The cost of an osteopath appointment and treatment depends on various factors. Established osteopathy clinics may charge between 100AUD and 120AUD for initial consultation and about 100AUD for ongoing visits.