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What is the Difference Between Ottawa Osteopaths and Chiropractors?

What is the Difference Between Ottawa Osteopaths and Chiropractors?

Are you undecided between seeing an Ottawa Osteopath or a Chiropractor?

If so, you are in the right place.

Today I will explain how they differ and even better who you should see.

Let’s dive in.

There are a variety of different ways that Ottawa Osteopaths and Chiropractors differ. These styles range from their training to the treatment modalities they use.

To begin with, let’s look at their training.

How Does Ottawa Osteopaths and Chiropractors Training Differ?

Osteopaths usually complete at least four years of training. While Chiropractors typically spend at least seven years of training.

Both chiropractors and osteopaths training includes both theoretical and practical hands-on practice.

The majority of osteopaths receive a bachelor of science degree. While chiropractors usually receive a Master’s degree at the end of their training.

How Do Their Treatment Modalities Differ?

1. High-Velocity Thrust (HVT) Techniques

Ottawa Osteopaths and Chiropractors both use HVT techniques. HVT techniques are useful for spinal issues.

2. Soft tissue Techniques

Soft tissue techniques refer to treatments that work on the fascia and muscles.

Osteopaths use massage and neuromuscular techniques (NMT) on the muscles. Chiropractors also use NMT as well as Active Release Technique on the muscles.

3. Large and Spinal Joint Mobilisation

Osteopaths use joint mobility techniques to help increase range of motion. Mobilisation is particularly useful for osteoarthritis.

4. Acupuncture

Many Ottawa Chiropractors incorporate acupuncture into their treatments. Acupuncture is particularly valuable for helping acute pain conditions.

5. Cranial and Visceral Manipulation

Cranial and visceral manipulation techniques are unique to Ottawa Osteopaths. Cranial Osteopathy is particularly useful in the treatment of babies and young children. While visceral techniques are helpful for people with digestive issues.

Do Both Osteopaths and Chiropractors Give Exercises?

Most Osteopaths and Chiropractors are taught exercise prescription. Either type of practitioner may prescribe exercises. Some practitioners may not give exercises because of poor client compliance. If they do not mention any exercises, then it is always best to ask.

What Conditions Can Osteopaths and Chiropractors Help?

Both Ottawa Chiropractors and Osteopaths are taught in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

Both types of practitioner may specialise in particular conditions such as sports injuries or concussions.

If you are unsure, you can always call or email before booking an appointment.

How Do Fees Differ Between Ottawa Osteopaths and Chiropractors?

In general, fees for both Osteopaths and Chiropractors are roughly the same.

Do Initial Consultations and Treatment Time Differ?

Initial consults for both Osteopaths and Chiropractors are 1 hour.

Treatments for osteopaths range between 30 and 60 minutes while chiropractors’ treatments are between 5 and 30 minutes.

Have I Missed Anything?

Are you more drawn towards an Ottawa Osteopath or a Chiropractor?

Or are you still confused?

Either way let me know by leaving a comment or question below.