CHIROPRACTIC AND OSTEOPATHY, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
CLEARLY DEFINED AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Chiropractic and osteopathy do not cover the same areas of expertise.
Unlike osteopaths, chiropractors are specialists of the neuromusculoskeletal system. They treat mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and primarily the spine, as well as their consequences.
DIFFERENT LEGAL BASIS
Chiropractic and osteopathy have different legal basis. Decrees allow chiropractors more autonomy than osteopaths.
Chiropractors are allowed to practice all kinds of mobilisations and manipulations, with force vectors, instrument-assisted or mechanically-assisted, for a comprehensive care.
Besides physicians, there are the only health care professionals allowed to practice cervical manipulations with force vectors without a medical opinion.
Other professionals need a certificate issued by a medical practitioner to practice this kind of manipulations. Manipulations with force vectors are high velocity and low amplitude (HVLA) manipulations applied directly or indirectly on a joint. They are also called adjustments.
|Mobilisations / manipulations without force vector||Authorised||Authorised|
|Manipulations with force vector||Authorised||Non authorised|
|Instrument-assisted mobilisations and manipulations||Authorised||Non authorised|
|Mechanically-assisted mobilisations and manipulations||Authorised||Non authorised|
|Cervical manipulations without force vectors||Authorised without medical opinion||Authorised only with a medical certificate of no contraindication|
|Cervical manipulations with force vectors or instrument-assisted||Authorised||Non authorised|
|Advice on pain management||Authorised||Non authorised|
|Functional troubles treatment||Authorised||Authorised|
|Treatment of musculoskeletal system troubles and their consequences||Authorised||Non authorised|
Chiropractors are trained in a single school in France, which is recognized by the French Ministry of Health and accredited by the European Council on Chiropractic Education.
Then, the profession benefits from a homogeneous training, recognized by many countries.
This recognition allows IFEC’s graduates to work in many countries such as Canada, the USA, New Zealand…
During their clinic training, IFEC students apply a patient-centred and evidence-based approach based on scientific data.
IFEC and chiropractic professionals support and promote Research.
Each year, several IFEC students are offered the opportunity to acquire new skills by continuing their education with a Master degree.
As part of its Research program, IFEC supports doctorate and post-doctorate students in France and abroad.