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What is the difference between cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy?

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Physicians who practice cranial osteopathy are fully licensed doctors who have completed extensive training in anatomy, physiology, neurology, orthopedics, and other aspects of medicine.  All DOs have completed 500+ hours of training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), passed standardized licensing exams, completed internship and often finish residency training in any medical specialty and/or in OMM.  Cranial osteopaths then complete additional post-graduate training in this sub-specialty of the field.

In contrast, craniosacral therapy is a highly simplified approach derived from cranial osteopathic principles. There is no standardized training, certification, or licensure, and some programs require little to no medical knowledge. One 4 day course is required to start practicing and two 4 day courses are required for certification. 

What is the difference between a DO and a chiropractor?

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The greatest difference is the extend of training and scope of practice. Chiropractors are not physicians and do not complete residency training in a hospital. Their practice typically emphasizes working with the spine and spinal nerves to improve health. They are not allowed to prescribe medications, perform surgery, practice obstetrics or any other branch of medicine. In contrast, DOs are interested in the anatomy and physiology of the entire body. 

Most chiropractors focus on high-velocity, low amplitude adjustments (“cracking”). DOs may also use this, but it is one of many possible techniques, many of which are very gentle. 

Osteopathy focuses on finding and fixing the cause of the structural and functional problem. Thereby, osteopathic treatments tend to be much less frequent as the patient experiences improvement in their symptoms.

What is a DO and what is their training?

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A DO is a doctor of Osteopathy.

In the United States, both DOs an MDs are the only two degrees that qualifies a person as a licensed physician. Both complete 4 years of medical school and then residency training in hospitals and clinics within their specialty.  Either degree can practice in any specialty – family medicine, oncology, neurology, general surgery, etc.  In other countries, a DO is not trained as a physician and their scope of practice is thus limited.  

DOs have historically emphasized a holistic approach to medicine with an emphasis on supporting the patients health. They receive over 400 hours of additional training beyond the standard medical school curriculum to refine their manual diagnostic skill and provide a hands-on treatment to support the healing process, known as osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).